the war on terror both in afghanistan and in iraq is top of mind for many american this is week. >> so is the sacrifice of thousands of men and women who have fought to contain the terrorism.
barager has a closer look. >> in the 10 years since the terrorist attacks, more than 4,000 american men and women have lost their lives in the war on teor. it's been four yearses since david wakeman's son was killed in iraq. the memories are fresh and his heart unhealed. dustin and the crew there and when their vehicle hit an i.e.d. and the three men died instantly. >> the only comfort i have is that he didn't suffer. >> every time he hears of another death, the loss is renewed. and in iraq and afghanistan. and i read in the paper that we're going to be leaving 3,000 troop there is and talking about renegotiating the timeline we're going to leave. why? time to come home. it's time to stop it. >> political science professor brent sasley says completely withdrawing right now would be a mistake. >> i think that that would be opening the door for the spread of influence of enemies of the united states or others who the united states has disagreements with like the taliban in afghanistan or iran and iraq. >> he says iraq and afghanistan need to be stabilized politically and economically. for that to happen he says both countries need an ongoing american presence. >> it would also mean having advisors and civilian there is and could mean having sort of economic industries and firms there. and an american presence does not have to be military. >> david wakeman says he sees the big picture. it's just a hard sell for someone whose son paid the ultimate price. >> do i feel it was worth the cost? not when it's my son. >> and just today sources at the white house said that the administration favors leaving 3,000 troops on the ground beyond that proposed pullout date in december. how far, that is a number said to be smaller than that desired by military commanders. no decision has been made final yet. live in the fort worth newsroom,
barager, fox 4 news.