Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), a tireless advocate for ending the war in Afghanistan and the lone vote on September 14, 2001, against the overly broad Authorization of Use of Military Force, released the following statement in response to the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership announcement by President Obama:
"I had hoped that President Obama would have seized this opportunity to announce an expedited end to the war in Afghanistan. Instead of speeding the transition to a fully independent Afghanistan, the newly signed U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership agreement is an open-ended commitment that could extend our presence at least another ten years. After ten long years of war, nearly two-thirds of Americans say the war is not worth fighting. It is past time for our policy to catch up with the American people. As it is widely acknowledged, there is no military solution in Afghanistan. We need to end the war now."