Post-Bin Laden, Ellison calls for Afghan troop drawdown

WASHINGTON – With Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden dead and buried at sea, DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and other liberal Democrats are calling on the Obama Administration to begin a “significant” withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In a letter to President Obama, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which Ellison co-chairs, wrote, “now is the time to shift toward the swift, safe, and responsible withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Afghanistan.”

About 100,000 American soldiers currently serve in Afghanistan. The United States invaded the country shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in order to deny Al Qaeda sanctuary there.

  • Kevin

    BRAVO! As one of the 100.000 plus service mebers in Afghanistan, it is time to come home. It currently costs nearly $1M to deploy a soldier for a year. Add in 76,000+ contractors here and the costs quickly become unsustainable. Not to mention that what little that is being accomplished could be done just as well or better by a couple thousand special forces, remote air strikes and good intel.