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What's Next in Afghanistan

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Location: Washington, DC

Dear Friend,

Now that Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice there is a growing sense of uncertainty about where this leaves the United States and our military's role in Afghanistan. While President Obama, his National Security Advisors and Congress will work to provide clarity for the American people, there are a few things of which I am certain.

The world is a better place today without Osama bin Laden, but this does not mean we should allow our guard to fall. This should be an opportunity to renew our strategy in Afghanistan and our relationship with Pakistan. I've always been troubled by the fact that we do not have a legitimate or effective partner in the Karzai government and hopefully the recent events will give us a chance to take the training wheels off in that region and expedite the removal of U.S. troops. We have the best military and intelligence community in the world, to whom we own an enormous debt, and bin Laden's demise should send a clear signal to terrorists that there is no place you can hide.

Finally, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the attacks of 9/11. Hopefully with bin Laden's death they, and our nation, will feel a small amount of closure as we close one chapter from that horrific day. I encourage you to view my Weekly Video Address to hear additional information on the death of Osama bin Laden and what I believe should happen next in Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

Ron Kind


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