Following the death of Osama bin Laden polls find more Americans favoring an immediate pull-out of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but Senator Ben Nelson (NE-D) tells Nebraska Watchdog that even with Bin Laden gone an “immediate U.S. drawdown” is not justified.
A limited withdrawal is scheduled to start this July. Nelson says Bin Laden’s death is a “step in the right direction as we move forward with plans to withdraw from Afghanistan”, but cautions that the United States cannot let down its guard against terrorism.
In this month’s USA Today poll nearly 6 out of 10 people surveyed said it’s now time to leave Afghanistan.
According to the most recent Rasmussen poll 56 percent want American forces in Afghanistan home early next year, 35 percent want them out immediately. Rasmussen says those 56 percent mark an increase of four points from the beginning of March, a 13 point hike from last September, and a jump of 19 points from September 2009.
In addition 70 percent of Democrats want a speedy withdrawal, as do 42 percent of Republicans.
Despite the polling both Nebraska Senators remain cautious, while former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel (R) says the conflict is “unsustainable.” During a speech in Pittsburgh last week, Hagel-a Vietnam veteran and former member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-said without the support of the American people the war in Afghanistan cannot continue. According to Hagel the debate now “is about when we come out, and how we come out. … You can’t keep the troops in there and prop up a government.”
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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