Jared Polis Takes a Stand Against Continuing the War in Afghanistan

March 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives debated for three hours yesterday before overwhelmingly voting against a resolution that called for the hasty removal of troops from Afghanistan. The measure, by Representative Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, was defeated 356 to 65 (60 Democrats and five Republicans), reports The Washington Post. U.S. Representative Jared Polis was among the more ardent backers of the measure, and the Boulder Democrat joined supporting lawmakers in an effort to voice their constituents' opposition to the war and President Barack Obama's recent decision to commit 30,000 troops to battle the Taliban. "I supported the initial action to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan, and that succeeded," Polis said on the House floor (via the Daily Camera). "The challenge we face now [is] a stateless menace." While hawks were prone to criticize the measure, Polis "is no dove," writes The Colorado Independent, pointing out that he would still support limited attacks to root out terrorism in Afghanistan.