Today, our government is spending nearly $2.5 billion in Afghanistan every week - at the same time our domestic programs are being cut in an effort to control the growing federal deficit.
Afghanistan's complex internal politics will outlast the presence of our troops, both senators have argued.
Rockefeller stressed our country's primary interest in Afghanistan should be to protect our own national security -- "namely defeating al Qaida and ensuring that they can never use safe havens in the region as a platform from which to attack us.
"This goal can be reached and achieved with a much smaller military footprint."
Rockefeller praised American military and intelligence officials for their "amazing gains ... in disrupting and depleting al Qaida and its associates in the Taliban.
"But the full transition of this war effort to a new phase of Special Operations Forces and technological superiority is overdue," Rockefeller concluded in his letter urging Obama to speed up the withdrawal of most of our troops.
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