Presidential candidates seek US troop cuts in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two key Republican presidential candidates have stressed the need for the people of Afghanistan to take over the security responsibility for their country and reduction of American troops.
"We have to make sure that the Afghan people increasingly take responsibility for their security going forward," Jon Huntsman, the former US ambassador to China, said in response to a US citizen at a Republican presidential debate held at Tampa, Florida.
"I was brought here from Ronald Reagan. I am from Afghanistan. And my question to you is, as the next president of the United States, what will you do to secure safety and protection for the women and the children of Afghanistan?" asked Sahar Hekmati.
"We don't need 100,000 troops in Afghanistan nation-building at a time when this nation needs to be built. We are of no value to the rest of the world if our core is crumbling, which it is in this country," Huntsman replied.
Texas Governor Rick Perry concurred with him. "I agree with Huntsman when we talk about it's time to bring our young men and women home and as soon and obviously as safely as we can. But it's also really important for us to continue to have a presence there.
He believed the entire conversation about how to deliver aid to those countries and if it was best spent with 100,000 military officials, who have the target on their back in Afghanistan.
According to him, the best way for the US to be able to impact that country was to make a transition to where the Afghan military was going to take care of their people, bring American soldiers home and continue to help them build the infrastructure needed, Perry said.
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