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Members of Congress want sizeable drawdown in July

Members of Congress want sizeable drawdown in July

Mar 17, 2011 - 09:15

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): A group of 81 congressmen and womeninfo-icon has demanded a "significant” withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon when the scheduled drawdown begins in July this year.

“The American people overwhelmingly favour action to speed up US withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is time to end this war and to refocus our efforts on job creation and strengthening our economy,” said Barbara Lee, a congresswoman who organised the letter addressed to Barack Obama, dated March 16.

“A significant redeployment of US troops from Afghanistan beginning in July 2011 will send a clear signal that the United States does not seek a permanent presence in Afghanistan,” the letter, which was released to the press, read. 
“This transition will provide incentive for internal stakeholders to improve upon the political status quo, reduce corruption, and take meaningful steps toward the establishment of an effective, trustworthy, and inclusive governance structure,” it said. 
The letter was also supported by 31 religious, foreign policy and membership-based organisations, representing 24 million people. 
“With tragic budget shortfalls in our communities, it’s time to transition from extremely expensive and counterproductive Pentagon strategies in Afghanistan to political negotiations and Afghan-led aid and development,” said Paul Kawika Martin, political and policy director of Peace Action — a group founded in 1957 and the largest grassroots peace organization in the US. 

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