While President Obama “has said that U.S. combat forces will begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011 and be fully out by 2014, the pace of that withdrawal is still up in the air,” the Huffington Post reports.
With that, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pressing “the administration for a clear redeployment plan so that the American public receives a degree of certainty regarding how much longer the war will last.”
Gillibrand is calling for passage of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act, which would put Congress’ backing behind the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces beginning on July 1. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and four other senators, would also require Obama to submit a plan to Congress by July 31 for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces, including a completion day.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, provided exclusively to The Huffington Post, Gillibrand also requests a Strategic Redeployment Agreement to establish a 2014 end date for combat operations, based on the model used for pull-out from Iraq.
Gillibrand is “not calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces, as many critics of the war would like to see.”
She is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.