Republicans Questioning Afghan War Effort
March 12, 2012 by staff
Republicans Questioning Afghan War Effort, The killing of 16 Afghans by a U.S. soldier near a base in southern Afghanistan Sunday, combined with the recent outcry and violence over the accidental burning of Qurans on an American military base has some leading Republicans questioning whether the war is still worth the effort.
In the past 24 hours, two Republican presidential candidates-former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum-have suggested that in light of the incident, the United States may need to change course and re-examine its role in Afghanistan.
“There’s something profoundly wrong with the way we’re approaching the whole region, and I think it’s going to get substantially worse, not better,” Gingrich said this weekend on “Fox News Sunday.” “And I think that we’re risking the lives of young men and women in a mission that may frankly not be doable.”
“Any time you have such a shocking development, I think it’s important to take a look and see what the situation is and whether it’s possible to continue on,” Santorum said. “Given all of these additional problems, we have to either make the decision to make a full commitment, which this president has not done, or we have to decide to get out and probably get out sooner, given the president’s decision to get out in 2014.”
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