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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Speed Up Afghan Withdrawal

June 13, 2013

Mister Speaker:

The American people do not want forever wars that now have lasted three or four times longer than World War II.

Afghanistan has simply become little more than a gigantic money pit with President Karzai and his cronies ripping off American taxpayers for billions of dollars.

President Karzai has made it very clear that even he wants us out, but of course he still wants us to send in our billions.

It is long past the time – in fact Mr. Speaker there never should have been a time in the first place for needless wars that keep resulting in the killing or maiming young American soldiers.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have always been more about money and power than about any real threat to the American people.

William F. Buckley changed his views before he died and came out strongly against the war in Iraq. What he said in 2005 regarding the war in Iraq can be said about Afghanistan today:

Mr. Buckley said: “A respect for the power of the United States is engendered by our success in engagements in which we take part. A point is reached when tenacity conveys not steadfastness of purpose, but misapplication of pride.”

Mr. Speaker, as other speakers have pointed out before me, this bill, the underlying bill, calls for spending of $85 billion--or $7 billion a month--for the war in Afghanistan.

That is too much.

It is time to bring our troops home.