Citing new polling data that shows widespread support by the American public for the peaceful, negotiated resolution of the chemical weapons crisis in Syria without having to bring the U.S. military into action, former Congressman Barney Frank made the case to that public sentiment against further U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is even stronger […] Frank recommends that his like-minded former colleagues in Congress draft a resolution calling for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, targeting the end of 2013 instead of the end of 2014, and allow the will of the American public to propel that legislation into reality[…]
I’m skeptical that the “will of the American public” can propel anything through Congress as currently constructed, but let’s face it: if Obama wants a 2014 withdrawal and a 2013 withdrawal comes to the House floor, as usual there will be a couple hundred votes for whatever Obama doesn’t want. But I doubt Obama would make this some kind of last stand. He would probably show his trademark flexibility, pivot, and get behind the resolution.
For those of you who have been keeping close track of Afghanistan, what’s the downside of an earlier-than-expected withdrawal?