June 7, 2011
COUNCIL FOR A LIVABLE WORLD
Pressure is building for the United States to begin a significant withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan this summer.
More Senators are signing on to a letter by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tom Udall (D-NM) demanding a “sizeable and sustained” reduction in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan beginning in July 2011.
The signers at this point are:
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Ten Senators now on the letter; 90 more to go.
When the President sent 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan in 2009, he promised that the U.S. would begin withdrawal of those forces by July 2011 with all combat troops out by 2014.
The President is close to a decision on how large an initial troop withdrawal to order and a number of media stories have made it clear that the President is getting pressure from the Pentagon to minimize the troop cuts.
Time is short, because the President could announce a decision on troop withdrawal any day now.
The Merkley-Udall letter can have a real impact on the President if it is signed by a large number of Senators.
We thank you for your help at this critical juncture.
John Isaacs and Guy Stevens