Senate passes Merkley ( D-Ore) amendment to withdraw from AfghanistanSubmitted by befree on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 21:46
Senate backs Merkley's amendment calling for withdrawal from Afghanistan
Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.
The strong bipartisan vote of 62-33 sends a clear message to President Barack Obama and the military as they engage in high-stakes talks about the pace of drawing down the 68,000 U.S. troops, with a White House announcement expected within weeks.
Although the vote was on a nonbinding amendment to a defense policy bill, its significance could not be discounted amid the current discussions.