I've met with our troops in Afghanistan. I've met with them after they've come home. They're incredible. But politicians put them into harm's way. And we now have an obligation to get them safely home.
With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose.
The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal?
A key task for ending the war - and preventing future wars, such as a future war with Iran for which the political groundwork is now being laid - is breaking the Republican political monolith in support of war.
Petraeus is pushing to have the Haqqani network, a key component of the Afghan Taliban, designated as a terrorist group.This move would undermine the policy in support of negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
Pelosi is in a unique position to weigh in, since the House could put the Afghanistan drawdown in writing when it considers the war supplemental, by approving an amendment introduced by Reps. McGovern and Obey.
For years, I prosecuted war profiteers in Iraq. I saw exactly what Gen. Butler meant when he said, "war is a racket." I'm not going to change my mind about these wars any time soon. But we have to change other people's minds.