President Obama announced Thursday he will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, following months of appeals from military leaders to extend the drawdown timeline.

Under the new plan, the administration will keep the current force of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year, then draw down to 5,500 troops in 2017.

On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer said that it's been obvious that Obama's heart was never in the Afghanistan mission.

"He simply wanted to get through with the minimal commitment he could," Krauthammer said.

He added that it's wrong to send soldiers into battle, knowing that some will not return, when you don't believe in the mission from the beginning.

"History is going to judge Obama very severely for having done that," Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer said he also doesn't believe that Obama will actually reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 5,500 before leaving office, instead leaving that decision to the next president.

Get more insight from the "Special Report" panel above.


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