Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich criticizes President Obama for stretching a chapter of war by relocating troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.
“We must bring a conclusion to this sorry chapter in American history where war was waged under false pretense against an innocent people,” Kucinich said.
President Barack Obama has decided to assign 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan contingents, while laying out plans for a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
Congressman Kucinich, however, was critical of the plan.
“Taking troops out of Iraq should not mean more troops available for deployment in other operations,” he said. “You can’t be in and out at the same time.”
Obama plans to keep some 35,000 to 50,000 of the 142,000 troops currently stationed in Iraq in the country after the withdrawal date to advise Iraqi forces, target terror potentials and protect US interests.
The US president did not mention how long the remaining troops would stay in the country.
The Ohio congressman said the White House should “determine at some point to end the occupation, close the bases and bring the troops home.”
“We should immediately bring home American service members and contractors, convene a regional conference to prepare an international peace-keeping force and accelerate Iraq-driven reconstruction,” he concluded.
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