Ohio Delegation Split On Afghanistan Withdrawals
There's still little known on how the President pulling 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer could affect National Guard units from Ohio. An Ohio Guard spokeswoman says troops will continue to train for missions already assigned, but she says it's still too soon to predict the long-term effects for Ohio units. Ohio's senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, is calling for even-steeper troop withdrawals because he says the war is not making the U.S. safer. "I'm hopeful that we can fix that and not isolate from the world, but as Secretary of Defense Gates says, not be in wars of choice the way that the last 10 years has led us," Brown says. Republican House Speaker and southwest Ohio Congressman John Boehner says steep withdrawals could hurt U.S. progress in Afghanistan.