On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate adopted a Sense of Congress amendment, offered by Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mike Lee of Utah, to expedite the already planned U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan. The adoption by voice vote on this amendment marks a new high water mark in mounting congressional opposition to the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Amendment No. 1257, to the National Defense Authorization Act, was offered at a time when many in Congress are questioning the merit of continuing the war in Afghanistan. The vote took place on the eve of the two year anniversary of President Obama’s West Point escalation speech and only one week before the conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany.
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