Vermont’s Congressional delegation is reacting to President Obama’s announcement of a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch all released statements saying they would like to see the president bring home troops sooner and faster.
Leahy says he’ll work with the President and military commanders to expedite the process, because – quote-we can neither justify nor afford the human and fiscal costs of this war.
Sanders says the United States has paid a high price for the war, in terms of casualties and national treasure. And Sanders adds it’s time for the people of Afghanistan to take full responsibility for waging the war against the Taliban.
Welch says taxpayers are spending $2 billion a week on the war, and Americans know we need that money here at home.
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