“That’s the question many people are asking in reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death. Shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, President Bush made clear that he wanted bin Laden, ‘dead or alive.’ With that mission accomplished — 10 years later and under a different president — some now say that the case for withdrawal is stronger, and President Obama has the political cover to push for a more robust pullout.
“‘The single biggest reason we went into Afghanistan was to get Osama bin Laden,’ said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) at a Center for American Progress event Monday morning.
“If Osama bin Laden was still alive, that would have given some people an argument, ‘Oh you can’t get out of Afghanistan for reputational reasons.’ … Having killed Osama bin Laden deprives people who wanted to stay in Afghanistan for other reasons of the argument that we would be leaving in defeat,” he added.
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