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Sen. Bennet: Stay the Course on Troop Drawdown

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March 3, 2011

The administration needs to stick to its planned July troop withdrawal, Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet said today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“There's not a page of that history... that suggest that anything good comes from having an occupying force there,” Bennet said. "And so I think the time has come for us to consider a very different strategy.”

Nevertheless, Bennet explained that having a military presence in Afghanistan is crucial to the objectives of stamping out the remnants of al-Qaida and securing the Pakistani border. 

 

“I think the other reason is we have to help train the Afghanis to be able to take over the security of their country,” added Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who appeared on MSNBC with Bennet this morning and also said that July is a good time to reassess the situation.

On Tuesday, a NATO helicopter strike killed nine children in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the attack “ruthless” and assured that “fighting terrorism in Afghan villages” will not be successful if civilian casualties continue.

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