Rep. Walter Jones, speaking on the US House of Representatives floor yesterday morning, called on Congress to exercise its constitutional power over US military policy in Afghanistan. In particular, Jones insisted that Congress debate and vote on the matter instead of acquiescing to keeping the US military in Afghanistan for ten more years under a bilateral security agreement being negotiated by US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.
Near the conclusion of his four minutes speech Jones states:
To the American soldier, I’m sorry to say, but, if we don’t do our job in congress, you will be [in Afghanistan] until 2024.
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