The United States “should not attach a withdrawal date to the war in Afghanistan, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday,” The Hill reports.
Rubio, one of the new incoming Republican senators, visited Afghanistan alongside Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a number of Rubio’s fellow freshman Republicans. During the visit, the delegation met with U.S. military commanders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Although President Obama and Rubio have both voiced support for the war, Rubio disagrees with Obama’s plans to set a withdrawal timeline for U.S. troops sometime this summer. In the conference call, Rubio said that attaching a date to ending the war could cause problems.
"I think we are on the timeline this year to have some real good news and make some significant progress," Rubio said Monday in a conference call on Monday, according to the St. Petersburg Times. "But I think if you attach a date to it … you are really creating a difficult situation. The bad guys, the Taliban and even al Qaeda, must know all they have to do is wait."