By 2-1 Margin, House Republicans and Democrats Vote to Stay in Afghanistan

by | Jul 22, 2020

By 2-1 Margin, House Republicans and Democrats Vote to Stay in Afghanistan

by | Jul 22, 2020

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By a vote of 284-129, the House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment to establish a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A slight plurality of Democrats supported the measure, with most of the leadership opposing. All Republicans except two voted in to oppose. Libertarian Justin Amash supported the measure. The amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was offered by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

President Trump declared in late May that he wanted to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before the November election. Since that time, Democratic leaders have shifted to an even more hawkish position, pulling out all the stops to prevent such a move. Much of the foreign policy of the Democratic leadership has been driven by opposition to Trump’s positions, rather than by what is best for the country or what the American people desire.

American troops have been fighting in Afghanistan for 19 years, with no progress in reducing violence.

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

About Eric Garris

Eric Garris is a longtime libertarian activist and the founder of Antiwar.com.

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