Today, I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in marking 10 years of the long, bloody, costly War in Afghanistan—the longest war in American history.
1,780 soldiers have lost their lives. Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers and friends. All in support of an unclear mission.
By this time next year, our total spending in Afghanistan will be over half a trillion dollars. From Day One of the Afghanistan War, we have borrowed nearly every single penny of that money, put it on the national credit card and let it explode our debt. That’s just stupid economics.
Right now, the so-called “Super Committee” is trying to find ways to address our deficit and debt problems. I believe that there is no better way to reduce our deficit than to end these wars and bring our troops home to their families.
Together, we have an opportunity to gather thousands of signatures to make a statement to the Super Committee: To cut spending, ending the wars must be the first item on the table.
Right now, the only people asked to sacrifice anything are our brave men and women in uniform and their families. It’s not fair, and it’s not right.
Enough is enough. We must get out of Afghanistan. The costs in blood and treasure have been too high. After ten years, it’s time to come home.
Be heard: Sign my petition and tell the Super Committee that to cut our deficit, we must end the wars.