Liberals Want 'Significant Drawdown' in Afghanistan Following Bin Laden's Killing

Keith joined a chorus of House progressives that urge the President to significantly drawdown the American presence in Afghanistan in the wake of the successful killing of Osama bin Laden.

The leaders of a House liberal caucus pressed President Obama on Wednesday to approve a "significant drawdown" of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer now that Osama bin Laden is dead.

Six top members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, including its co-chairmen, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), urged the president to use the successful assault against bin Laden in Pakistan as a pretext for hefty cuts to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.

"You acted decisively in your efforts to capture the mastermind behind those tragic events and we commend your calls for national and global solidarity as we acknowledge the world is safer for his absence," the lawmakers wrote. "It is our hope that you can similarly unify the nation by bringing our troops home and ending America's longest war in history — a position supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people."

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