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U.S. Senator Russ Feingold reacts to President's Afghanistan plan


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- U.S. Senator Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to president Barack Obama's Afghanistan speech.

"I do not support the President's decision to send additional troops to fight a war in Afghanistan that is no longer in our national security interest.  It's an expensive gamble to undertake armed nation-building on behalf of a corrupt government of questionable legitimacy.  Sending more troops could further destabilize Afghanistan and, more importantly, Pakistan, a nuclear-armed state where al Qaeda is headquartered. While I appreciate that the president made clear we won't be in Afghanistan forever, I am disappointed by his decision not to offer a timetable for ending our military presence there.  I will work with members of both parties and both houses of Congress to push for a flexible timetable to reduce our troop levels in Afghanistan, as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat al Qaeda in the region and around the world."

---Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

Online reporting by Julie Lund


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