US House rejects Afghan withdrawal bill

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The US House of Representatives failed to pass a resolution by Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich that would have removed all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 – even though most Americans want out.

Meeting defeat with a 93 to 321 vote, the numbers showed a mark growth in congressional support for a swift withdraw from Afghanistan. A similar measure failed to pass in 2010 by a 65 to 356 vote.

In 2010 five Republicans supported the bill, this time eight voted to bring the troops back to the US, citing both financial and foreign policy arguments for the change.

There is nothing fiscally conservative about this war," said Republican Congressman John Duncan.

It's a fruitless venture," argued Republican Congressman Rep. Ron Paul. "Too much has been lost."

Most other Republicans disagreed; arguing if America leaves the terrorists would win.

"The reason we are there is to make sure radicalized Muslims stop killing Americans," said Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter.

Meanwhile polls across the United States show the American people are tired of the war, and want out.Recent polls showed nearly two thirds of Americans favor a swift withdrawal.