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Rep. Eshoo Statement Against Afghanistan War Funding


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement about her vote on Afghanistan war funding:

Today Congress considered whether to continue funding operations in Afghanistan, and as we did, we had to scrutinize the policy, the price being paid, and the outcomes for our national security. This is a deeply profound examination and its outcome can decide life or death for some of our troops.

It's hard to believe that the eighteen year olds who enlist today to fight and die in Afghanistan were in fourth grade when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked in 2001. It is now 2010, and this conflict is now the longest war in our nation's history, been accompanied by tragic loss of American lives and those of innocent civilians.

President Obama told our troops that the mission must be definable and it must be winnable. I believe that it is neither. We are losing more and more precious lives--102 in June alone. And every month security has not improved, even after $300 billion and more than 1,000 American lives have been spent. The President's strategy is not succeeding, and rather than ask Americans to put their lives on the line for another eighteen months for what has become an impossible task, I voted for the McGovern amendment to require a withdrawal plan by April 2011 to bring an end to this war.

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