“The war in Afghanistan is increasingly becoming the war no one wants,” according to the Huffington Post.
“Opposition to the conflict is now mainstream, with the vast majority of the American public favoring a substantial drawdown of U.S. troops. With the death of bin Laden, the growing cost of operations and frustrated constituents, an increasing group of congressional lawmakers is also voicing concerns. Even within the Obama administration, there are reports of some aides pushing for a strong drawdown.
“The most dramatic display of this shift came in the House last week when 204 lawmakers — 178 Democrats and 26 Republicans — voted for Rep. Jim McGovern’s (D-Mass.) legislation requiring President Obama to present a plan ‘with a timeframe and completion date’ for the transfer of military operations to Afghan authorities
“The measure fell just 12 votes short of passage. A similar amendment in the last Congress received 138 votes in support and only seven supporting votes cast by Republicans.
“‘I was surprised that so many people had the guts to vote for it,’ McGovern told The Huffington Post. ‘If there were a secret vote here, I think the vote would be even higher. I’ve had a number of people — some Democrats, but a lot of Republicans — come up to me after the vote and say they wish they could have been with me. The American people are ahead of the Congress on this issue, and they’re way ahead of the administration.’”
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