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  Honda: Withdraw from Afghanistan
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News DateThursday, March 17, 2011 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose), who represents California’s 15th Congressional District, has gotten out in front on the effort to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Declaring with colleagues that “funding of a war that costs over $2 billion a week [is] unsustainable,” Honda, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s Taskforce on Peace and Security, went public with a series of statements following Gen. David Petraeus’s Wednesday testimony to the House Armed Services Committee.

In his testimony, the general stated, “I am still formulating the options.” Petraeus, who is the top American commander in Afghanistan, declined to provide numbers for an anticipated summer troop reduction.

Honda was a signatory to a statement by the House’s “Out of Afghanistan Caucus,” which said, in part, “As we approach the planned drawdown of military forces beginning in July 2011, it is clear that large majorities of the American people have endorsed a new way forward in Afghanistan.”

“According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans now say the war is no longer worth fighting and three-quarters of Americans believe that the President should withdraw a ’substantial number‘ of combat troops this summer,” the statement continued. In addition to Honda, the group includes John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Ron Paul (R-TX), Pete “Fortney” Stark (D-Alameda County) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Santa Rosa).
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