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John McCain disagrees with Rep. Bill Young on ending Afghanistan war ASAP



Sen. John McCain said he "respectfully" does not agree with Rep. C.W. Bill Young's call for extracting troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible, saying Tuesday, "We should remember that the attacks of 9/11 began in Afghanistan. That's why we went there in the first place."

Young told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday, "I think we should remove ourselves from Afghanistan as quickly as we can. I just think we're killing kids that don't need to die."

President Barack Obama's plan is to withdraw the U.S.-led international military force from the country by the end of 2014. Young, 81, has served in Congress since 1970 and is chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee.

McCain, who called for increased U.S. engagement in Libya, Syria and Iran during a speech at the University of Tampa, was asked about Young's remarks to the Times after his speech.

"Obviously, the signals that this president sends constantly of withdrawal have encouraged the enemy," he said. "Also, he's overruling his military advisers as far as the size of the surge that we had and the dates of withdrawal, which he continues to accelerate, sending all the wrong signals to our adversaries. So we certainly need to evaluate whether the president's policies of announcing constantly withdrawals has been successful. It hasn't, it's been a failure."

Katie Sanders and Joseph Garnett Jr.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:41pm]


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