Bin Laden’s Death Prompts Fresh Calls for Afghanistan Pullout

Liberty Alerts, Patrick Goodenough,

The death of Osama bin Laden has triggered fresh debate over whether the U.S. should accelerate its planned troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In Washington, there is strong disagreement on the issue.

The al-Qaeda terrorist may be dead, Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told a press conference on Monday, “but the war in Afghanistan goes on.”

“I’ve already heard a few calls that we quickly withdraw from Afghanistan because the war is over, because bin Laden is dead,” he said.

“I wish we could say that, but if we did that we would repeat a mistake that we made once before when we pulled out of Afghanistan and that region after the Soviets did, and that invited ultimately the Taliban and al-Qaeda into Afghanistan and from Afghanistan they attacked us on 9/11.”

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