Anti-war lawmakers are making their case before facing almost certain defeat of a House of Representatives resolution that would demand withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who wrote the resolution, claims that the administrations of Presidents George W.Bush and Barack Obama circumvented Congress in escalating military operations in Afghanistan. The resolution is an outgrowth of the frustrations of many liberals over Obama's war policy, but it has little support.
The measure directs the president to remove troops within 30 days, but gives him until the end of the year to remove them all if he considers the 30-day deadline unsafe. Obama has said he wants to begin withdrawal in July 2011.