Posted on June 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Wednesday, Jun 15 at 12:02 PM
WASHINGTON -- This morning Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray joined more than two dozen other Senate colleagues in calling for a shift in strategy in Afghanistan.
The senators sent a letter this morning to the President urging him to begin a "sizable and sustained" drawdown of troops that would put the U.S. on a path toward withdrawing from the country beginning this July.
In the letter, the senators noted that the original goals that led the U.S. into Afghanistan have been largely met including the the killing of Osama bin Ladin, the removal of the Taliban government and those who planned the September 11 attacks.
Noting these successes, the letter's authors Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Udall (D-NM), say "the costs of prolonging the war far outweigh the benefits."
Also in the letter, the senators assert that continued "objectives do not require the presence of over 100,000 American troops" and that "[America now has the capacity to confront our terrorist enemies with a dramatically smaller footprint."
Wednesday's letter comes in front of the President's promised announcement to drawdown troops in Afghanistan starting in July.