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US Senator Russ Feingold

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on President Obama Accepting the Resignation of General Stanley McChrystal

WASHINGTON - "The comments of
General McChrystal and his aides were very troubling, and the
president's
decision to accept his resignation is appropriate.  But I continue to
have
strong concerns about our misguided policy in Afghanistan.  The massive,
open-ended military operation in Afghanistan will cost a hundred billion
dollars this year with no end in sight.  Meanwhile, al Qaeda continues
to
operate and recruit around the world.  After nine years, it is time to
give the American people, as well as the people of Afghanistan, a
timetable to
end this war so our nation is better able to focus on the global threat
posed
by al Qaeda and its affiliates."

Senator Feingold
is a
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate
Intelligence
Committee.

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