Bipartisan House Group Presses Obama to Pull Out of Afghanistan

Monday, 09 May 2011 03:38 PM

By Dan Weil

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Since the killing of Osama bin Laden last week, calls for the United States to end the war in Afghanistan have intensified from both sides of the aisle. And on Monday, a bipartisan contingent of House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to do just that, The Hill reports.

“The success of this mission [to kill bin Laden] does not change the reality that America still faces a determined and violent adversary. It does, however, require us to re-examine our policy of nation building in Afghanistan," reads the letter, which was the brainchild of Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

"We believe it is no longer the best way to defend America against terror attacks, and we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not crucial to the immediate national security objective of combating al Qaeda."

Others signing the letter include Reps. John Garamendi., D-Calif.;  Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Rush Holt, D-N.J.; John Campbell, R-Calif.; John Tierney, D-Mass.; and John Duncan, R-Tenn.

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