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Afghanistan In The News
U.S. and Afghan officials met on Saturday to discuss issues surrounding the continued presence of American troops in the country after 2014. To the east, Pakistan held its presidential elections over the weekend. Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz Sharif claims victory in the contest.
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By a vote of 62-33, the Senate endorsed a non-binding amendment to the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that seeks to expedite the transition in Afghanistan.
On December 5, as President Obama considers how many troops he will withdraw from Afghanistan during the first year of his second term, Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) and Rep. Walter Jones (NC) were joined by 92 members of Congress in sending a letter to President Obama asking that he announce an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan. FCNL participated in this effort.
Recent polling reveals that the public is overwhelming opposed to continued U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
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FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide enduring security. Military expansion provokes fear and potential retaliation.
We support active non-violent responses to prevent or transform violent conflict at all levels.
The United States should develop and support nonmilitary assistance programs in partnership with appropriate international and independent non-governmental organizations."