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Bin Laden’s Death Strengthens Calls for Afghan Pullout

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2011

Even before yesterday’s raid, Jim Himes had already said he was “done” with backing further fighting in Afghanistan. If a corporatist Goldman Sachs exec turned congresscritter like Himes, a guy who’s not known for sticking his neck out, was already turning against the Afghanistan war even before OBL’s death (which as it turned out occurred in Pakistan where OBL had been living safely since 2005), then it’s not hard to imagine that more would soon join him in calling for a pullout.

And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. David Dayen at FDL quotes both Barney Frank and Carl Levin as calling for a pullout — and Levin’s the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Granted, the raid did not succeed in truly bringing Osama bin Laden to justice in that he was not captured alive to be brought to trial. However, this was likely impossible as, in addition to being adamant on not being taken alive, he was both too well protected by the Pakistanis, and possessed of too much knowledge, especially about his Pakistani hosts, for them to let him live. And the raid did demonstrate, as did then-President Clinton’s successful actions against the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, that full-scale military actions are unnecessary to effectively fight terrorism. (In fact, the invasion of Iraq was exactly what Osama bin Laden had hoped for in terms of a US response to 9/11.)

Might be nice to call your congresscritter and push for this as a way to lower expenses, eh? And tell them to raise the debt ceiling while they’re at it?

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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