Russ Feingold Introduces Legislation To End Afghanistan War

by Daniel Russ on April 15, 2010

Russ Feingold

“Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and U.S. RepresentativesJim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) announced they are introducing legislation requiring the president to develop a flexible timetable to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan, in order to enhance our national security and reduce the burden on our armed forces and on taxpayers.  The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would require the president to provide a plan for drawing down our forces in Afghanistan.  The legislation also increases oversight by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) over work done by private contractors with records of waste, fraud and abuse in order to safeguard U.S. taxpayer dollars.

“At the listening sessions I have held throughout Wisconsin over the last several months, people across the political spectrum have asked why we continue to have a massive military presence in Afghanistan,” said Senator Feingold.  “A large, open-ended presence in Afghanistan is counterproductive to our global fight against al Qaeda.  Rather than pour resources into a nation-building strategy in a country that isn’t even al Qaeda’s base, we should develop a timetable to end our massive presence in Afghanistan, so we are better able to go after al Qaeda’s global network.  We need to be as agile as al Qaeda and we can’t do that if we are bogged down in Afghanistan.”

“After 8 long years, hundreds of billions of dollars and – most importantly – thousands of our brave soldiers killed or wounded, it is past time to re-examine this strategy.  Instead of nation-building in Afghanistan, I believe we should be doing some more nation-building here at home.  The American people deserve accountability – in terms of how and when our troops will be returned to their families and in terms of how taxpayer dollars are being spent,” said Representative McGovern.

“I believe the war on terror needs to be thought of in a different way.  I believe there are other strategies that could be used, as I have discussed with several former generals.  As recent as yesterday I visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Naval Academy.  Being there and seeing the true cost of war only strengthens my belief that it is time to change our strategy and reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan.  It is time to put an end to the tremendous stress we are placing on our military and their families,” said Representative Jones.”


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Corsair8X April 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This rethinking the war on terror angle is interesting given what the US is doing in Yemen. Rather direct action, they are funding more support to Yemen in a Mike Vickers-like strategy of indirect involvement. Technical support and funding. Not sure how that strategy could be rolled into Afghanistan at this point though.

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