GOP Lawmakers Planning Meeting To Explore Alternatives In Afghan War

WASHINGTON — Three Republican lawmakers who have been outspoken on the war in Afghanistan are trying to push their party to start debating alternative policies and will be convening a meeting next month to start the debate. Reps. Walter Jon…

WASHINGTON — Three Republican lawmakers who have been outspoken on the war in Afghanistan are trying to push their party to start debating alternative policies and will be convening a meeting next month to start the debate.

Reps. Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas) and Jimmy Duncan (Tenn.) sent a letter to every Republican House member on Monday inviting them them to a Feb. 16 briefing with Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist — all of whom have been critical of the direction of the war. From their invitation, which was provided to The Huffington Post:

Afghanistan has become the central focus of American foreign policy. The United States spends nearly $7 billion a month in Afghanistan alone to further the Obama Administration’s stated strategic goals. The futures of both of our countries require a comprehensive review of both the costs and sustainability of current U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
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