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Lindsey Graham Supports Drawdown Of U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Posted on August 23 2010 3:15 pm
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by Sam Stein

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the chief foreign policy voices of the GOP, said on Sunday that he now supports a drawdown of U.S. forces in certain parts of Afghanistan come July 2011.

The South Carolina Republican, who had just returned from a trip to that country, acknowledged that this was a shift in position. Previously, he had argued that President Obama’s plan for a gradual drawdown to begin in July 2011 was both shortsighted and an invitation for insurgents and terrorists to flow back into the country. But on Sunday Graham said that the surge of U.S. forces in various parts of Afghanistan had created a stable enough security environment for the drawdown.

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