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Rand Paul Joins 2 Dem Senators in Calling for Withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2012

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators and one Republican senator are calling for the removal of all regular combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, a timetable that is significantly shorter than the one President Obama recently announced.

"We commend the president for sticking to the July date he had outlined for beginning the withdrawal. However, his plan would not remove all regular combat troops until 2014," Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) wrote in a Tuesday op-ed in The New York Times.

"We believe the United States is capable of achieving this goal by the end of 2012. America would be more secure and stronger economically if we recognized that we have largely achieved our objectives in Afghanistan and moved aggressively to bring our troops and tax dollars home," the senators continued.


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Somebody in the House

Needs to initiate impeachment against King Obama. It's a duty of the house.

No doubt Ron Paul would co-sponsor or vote for impeachment.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

i can't wait to read the vitriol from huffpo readers

they must be going insane

Brilliant political move on Rand's part.

It's not only the right thing to do, it erases much of the bad taste Rand generated during the campaign with his opposition to closing Gitmo, seeming support of overseas adventurism and apparent courting of the Israeli lobby.

"we have achieved our objectives in Afghanistan"

What were the objectives, anyway? I mean the real ones.

A year ago today, how many US

A year ago today, how many US Senators were calling for prompt withdrawal from Afghanistan? Any? How Many Republican senators? None.

Don't EVER underestimate the value of the time and money you spent for electing Rand Paul, I don't.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

Yeah, we need to get out of Vietnam....er....I mean Afghanistan.

The more things 'change', the more they stay the same.

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Good one

But a sad commentary, too.

He's the man.

Taken from the CIA World Factbook

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 28.1%
male: 43.1%
female: 12.6% (2000 est.)

labor force by occupation:
agriculture: 78.6%
industry: 5.7%
services: 15.7% (FY08/09 est.)

The United States of America has been at war for over 10 years against a country which has a literacy rate of 28.1%. Said another way: The US hasn't been able to win a 10 year war against an impoverished nation where 70+% of the population is illiterate and about 80% of the population are engaged in farming as their primary occupation.

how about NOW

how many more people have to die and become wounded?

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