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WQAD: Rep. Hare wants Obama to define Afghanistan mission

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Date: Aug. 19, 2010

By Chris Williams

Congressman Phil Hare spoke about the ongoing war in Afghanistan today. During a stop at Project NOW in Rock Island he questioned the handling of the situation by President Obama.

"I'm telling, you I'm tired of the losses and I feel for the families and I believe at some point I don't know what the mission is now", Hare said. "I don't think the president really, from my perspective, has outlined what we're doing. If we're spending 100,000 troops on less than 100 Al Qaida operatives and we haven't gotten that taken care of yet then I think we have a problem."

I asked the Congressman, "Is that something that President Obama has to do better? Has to do a better job at?"

He answered, "He has to before I vote for another dime going over there."

The Democrat said he would not turn his back on Afghanistan but insists that a clear cut strategy be in place.

Hare's criticism of the president's handling of Afghanistan comes two months after he also broke rank with the White House over a fair-trade proposal.


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