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  • Out of Afghanistan
    Posted by Jen DiMascio 9:15 PM on Oct 06, 2011

    Ten years after the start of the war in Afghanistan, lawmakers from both parties are coming together again to say it’s time to end it.

    The anti-Afghanistan war movement includes lefty Democrats Rep. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), James McGovern (Mass.) and John Conyers (Mich.) as well as Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and GOP colleagues Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.), Dana Rohrbacher (Calif.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) and others.

    They’ve got a national security hook — and an economic one. The congressmen argue that after spending more than $2 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, those charged with cutting the federal deficit could rack up plenty of savings by removing troops from the mountains of central Asia.

    But does anybody care?

    A press conference announcing the need to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan was attended by more congressmen and aides than reporters. And almost none of the scribes were taking notes.

    But the lawmakers plan to bring it up as often as possible, including proposing votes to pull funding for the war, saying that public opinion is now on their side.

    Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) sees the showdown on Afghanistan coming along with debate on a defense spending bill, should one come to the floor of the House. So stay tuned.

    Tags: ar99, Afghanistan, Congress

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