Rep. Loretta Sanchez: End the Afghanistan War and Bring All U.S. Troops Home Now

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From the offices of Loretta Sanchez and Matt Coker
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) advocates a total U.S. pullout from Afghanistan.
The revelation from her party leader, President Barack Obama, that ending the war in Afghanistan will involve leaving about 10,000 U.S. troops there through 2016 does not sit well with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove).

"Our troops have been in Afghanistan for over 10 years," says the senior member of the House Armed Services Committee in a statement her office released Wednesday. "They have fought, they have protected and they have trained. Despite thousands of lives and billions of dollars, the situation is not changing. Our soldiers are tired and it's time for them to come home. Staying until 2016 will not tip the scales in Afghanistan. It's time to end this war and bring our troops home."

Dana Rohrabacher and Loretta Sanchez Joined at the Hip on Afghanistan

Other members of Congress representing other parts of Orange County have their minds on other parts of the Middle East. In reaction to Obama announcing at West Point Wednesday that with the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in sight, he will re-shift his administration's focus to terror hot spots like Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya and Syria, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released a statement of his own.

"I welcome the new focus on Syria," says the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "This will require sustained U.S. engagement, which has been absent to date, but that this national security threat demands. Like elsewhere around the globe, the president has been late in responding to this crisis."

For Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), the focus is on Pakistan. He recently led members of the House in introducing an amendment to the defense spending bill that makes military aid to Pakistan contingent on the release of Dr. Shahid Afridi, who was arrested for helping the U.S. find Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. Rohrabacher also introduced a second amendment stipulating that Pakistan's government could not use U.S. funds to persecute minority groups, including Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis.

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ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Now there is not a lot I have in common with Loretta Sanchez, but her position on Afghanistan is an exception to that rule.  It is long since time for the United States to get the hell out of that corrupt backwater country and let them settle problems the way they have for thousands of years.  Every American life that is lost there is a crime and those fools in Washington D.C. should be held accountable .  Congratulations Ms. Sanchez for your perspective on this issue.  

NGCoot
NGCoot

A lame attempt to distance herself from Obama .....

YourMom321
YourMom321

I'm sick of us rushing to get involved in other countries business with the argument that it affects U.S. Citizens or that we have a moral obligation.  How long have the Mexican cartels been killing thousands of people in their own country and ours with drugs and violence and we do nothing but sit back and watch and they're right next door!!!!? Eventually the citizens of Mexico got sick of the violence and the negative effect it had on tourism and business and it seems they're doing something about it with arrests and the militia that is protecting it's own communities.  


If these countries are a threat the we should suspend aid, suspend travel, issue sanctions, cease trade and suspend issuing visas to people from that country to come to the U.S. until they make the changes recommended by the United Nations or whomever.   Otherwise, let some other F'N country go over there,we're not even the richest country in the world anymore yet we spend Billions of dollars fighting these no win wars while America is stagnant in education, technology and exporting U.S. made products and services!!! 


The World's Richest and Poorest Countries JUNE 14, 2013 

Author: Tina Aridas, VALENTINA PASQUALI Project Coordinator: Alessandro Magno, Denise Bedell


2013 Ranking of Coutries, from Richest to Poorest, According to Gross

Domestic Product Based on Purchasing-Power-Parity (PPP) Per Capita


1. Qatar $105,091.42  (2011)

2. Luxembourg $79,593.91  2011

3. Singapore $61,567.28  2011

4. Norway $56,663.47  2012

5. Brunei Darussalam $55,111.20  2011

6. Hong Kong $53,432.23  2011

7. United States $51,248.21  2011


http://www.gfmag.com/global-data/economic-data/worlds-richest-and-poorest-countries

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

She's a race-baiter and idiot of historic proportions*. But I agree with her here. If you aren't in it to win it, get the hell out. Don't put any more soldiers on 155 day waiting lists for mental health care. 


*For example:

She tried to blame Republicans for delaying the Boston marathon bombing investigation.


Or,

“Those Vietnamese and GOP are trying to take our seat from us.”


Or,

“I believe Barack Obama better understands that than does Mitt Romney,” Sanchez said of Latino educational and economic interests. “Mitt Romney doesn’t even want us to be here.”

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

She is correct


but with the msm STILL FEARING THEIR RACISM CONUNDRUM ,


THEY stay quiet 


dont forget ,


in the 06/elections the Dems ran on a singular platform,,


no more funding the war



FUNDED IT TO THE HILT FIRST CHANCE THEY GOT


WHY?


B/C THE PORK THAT WAS IN THE BILL THAT THEY CONTROLLED WOULD MAKE A 


sure fire win for dem


keeping GWB looking like the war monger while the leftists got that rino by the hoofs

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