U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on Afghanistan's presidential election.
"Although today's news coverage will focus on the successor of President Karzai, I will continue to focus on our brave troops who have fought in Afghanistan for more than 13 years. America has given 2,178 of her sons and daughters to this conflict; in addition to more than $600 billion we have spent there, money that could have been used for priorities here at home. It is well past time to bring our heroic warriors home to their families and loved ones.
"Through the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, we have accomplished everything we set out to do in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is dead, and the Afghan Security Forces have received training and equipment for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, American money and military might cannot solve the remaining problems. It is time to bring our troops home from our nation's longest war."