From a statement by Congresswoman Barbara Lee:
In response to reports that an additional 1,400 US troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, I must state that I categorically oppose a further escalation of the US troop presence in Afghanistan.
In 2001, I placed the lone vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Afghanistan because I believed that it might pave the way to open-ended war.
Unfortunately, each week brings additional news that my worst fears have been realized.
This action will further entrench the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan on the false premise of a military-first strategy that has consistently proven itself ineffective and counterproductive....
As we enter the 112th Congress, we must make it a top priority to end this war.