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The House on Thursday rejected a proposal calling for the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, news agencies reported.

The resolution, sponsored by Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, was turned down 93 to 321. But The Hill and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland noted it had more support this time than in 2010 when the House rejected a similar Kucinich measure 65 to 356.

Kucinich said Congress should assert its authority over the war, though others argued that lawmakers should trust military leaders and President Obama.

Support for continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has taken a sharply negative turn. Politics Daily reported this week on an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted March 10-13 that found 64 percent of Americans do not believe the war is worth fighting.
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Public opposition to the war is growing. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting, and nearly three-quarters of Americans say President Obama should withdraw a "substantial number" of combat troops from Afghanistan this summer, the Washington Post reported yesterday. ["Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say Afghan war isn’t worth fighting," Scott Wilson and Jon Cohen, Washington Post, Tuesday, March 15,]

Stop the Madness!

Bring all the troops home now!

March 18 2011 at 10:19 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Haven't we spent enough money there?

March 18 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Although I agree that all troops from foreign countries should leave Afganistan ASAP and let the Afgans decide for themselves who should rule or govern that country, the decision as to whether or when to withdraw U.S. troops rests with the president as Comander In Chief of the armed forces of the U.S. It seems that some people have forgotten the original reason U.S. troops were sent to Afganistan in the first place which was to hunt down and capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

March 18 2011 at 5:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Do we want our tax dollars to continue to pay for wars and killing people? I know I don't want this. And we have enough war toys. It is past time to cut the military budget in half. We have been at war since 2001 and we are just creating more people that want to harm us.

March 17 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to improudmom's comment

The budget Obama sent to Congress included 71 billion in military spending cuts. Unfortunately, Mr. Boehner and his party refuse to make any cuts to military spending projects...even the ones the military said they could do without.

March 18 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

President Obama does not need permission from Congress to remove troops. As Commander in Chief, he is solely responsible for decisions related to the war save for funding and war declarations. If troops are not removed, it is only because Obama does not wish to remove the troops from Afghanistan, the graveyard of armies.

March 17 2011 at 9:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree that we should trust our government and President Obama but after everything that has been going on i do not think we should try to keep this war going. Whats the point in fighting for something that isn't getting anywhere? If we are taking such a negative turn in the involvement of Afghanistan, then why not take a positive turn and make some American lives a lot happier? We are putting our friends and family in danger for a war that really has no point and should end.

March 17 2011 at 9:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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