Rep. Braley calls for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
Late Thursday afternoon U.S. Bruce Braley (D-IA) said that all U.S. combat troops should be pulled from Afghanistan and home by the end of 2011.
“This isn’t a decision I came to lightly, but one that I have struggled with for some time,” Braley said in a prepared statement. “Our justifications for going into Afghanistan are no longer valid, and meanwhile, the costs — both human and financial — of continuing this war are just too high.
“Earlier this year, I had a chance to travel to Afghanistan and meet with General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry to discuss our progress there. I spoke with commanders on the ground and met with some of our 2,800 Iowa National Guardtroops who are currently stationed in Afghanistan. I’ve met with too many families who’ve lost a loved one or seen them come home with missing limbs and other serious injuries. I believe it’s time to get as many of our brave men and women in uniform home as quickly as possible.”
Braley’s decision comes exactly 25 days after the Obama administration announced that a military operation into Pakistan had resulted in the death of long sought after terrorist Osama bin Laden. There are currently 2,800 members of the Iowa National Guard serving in Afghanistan.