WASHINGTON (May 26, 2011) – U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5) this week urged the U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan following the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Ellison offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 1540) that would require the Secretary of Defense to update Congress on our military strategy in Afghanistan in light of bin Laden’s death.
Ellison’s amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to update Congress on the military strategy in Afghanistan within 60 days of the bill’s enactment. The amendment was approved.
“Osama bin Laden is dead, and our own intelligence officials have concluded that there are fewer than 100 al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan. Does each al Qaeda member warrant 1,000 American troops?,” Ellison said. “The American people deserve an explanation of how our strategy may shift and whether the continued presence of 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan is justified.”