Hoekstra: Obama Should Dump Afghanistan Deadline

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 09:05 PM

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Many conservatives say that President Barrack Obama has made the Afghanistan war more difficult by imposing a July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops. Ranking Republican House Intelligence Committee member Pete Hoekstra of Michigan agrees. And he says the deadline will ultimately be dropped, The Hill reports.

hoekstra,afghanistan,obamaWhen Obama announced last year that 30,000 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan, "he just kind of said, and by the way, they're going to come home in July 2011,” Hoekstra, who is retiring this year, told Fox News.

“And at that point in time, he lost a number of the congressional leaders who said you don't run a war based on a timetable, you run it on winning, you run it on conditions on the ground. And I think that's exactly what we're seeing here, and I think the president's strategy will evolve, they will stay there — our troops will stay there until the job is done, the timetable thing will go away."

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