Saturday, March 19, 2011

House Rejects Quick Drawdown from Afghanistan

The House overwhelmingly rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by year’s end as Republicans and Democrats joined together in embracing President Obama’s long-term war strategy.

The vote was 321-93 with one member voting present, a show of bipartisanship on national security and a referendum on the president’s policy after last year’s troop buildup.

“We need to stand with our commander in chief. We need to stand with our troops and complete this task,” Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of New York, a freshman who did four Army combat tours in Iraq, said during the forceful debate.'


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