If we wish to squander 10 years of effort, this is the way to do it.
“Now here we are, 10 years later,” Durbin said. “If you asked me if I was signing up for the longest war in U.S. history, with no end in sight, even with the killing of Osama bin Laden, that was not the bargain, that is not what I was signing up for.”
Durbin’s comments come one day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed support for President Obama’s withdrawal timetable, which calls for U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.
Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he hopes bin Laden’s death will compel the Obama administration to bring home a “robust” number of American troops when it starts a planned partial withdrawal in July.
While Levin has no plans to push legislation requiring such a pullout, he will publicly advocate for a “significant reduction,” he said Monday.