Sen. Rand Paul came forward to try and prevent America from wasting more money and more importantly lives on The Afghanistan War. He is bringing forth a bill to put an end to it, as he feels we have long since won this war.
He said as much in a Twitter video.
“This week, I am introducing legislation to end a war that should have ended long ago, the war in Afghanistan. The United States has been fighting the War on Terror since October of 2001 and it has cost 6 trillion dollars.
2300 Military members have lost their lives and another 20,000 were wounded in action. I supported going to war in Afghanistan in 2001, attacking those who harbored the 9/11 terrorists or helped to organize the attack on 9/11 and going after Alqaeda. But we are many many years past that mission we have turned to nation-building at a cost of over 50 billion a year spent in Afghanistan.
It is important to know when to declare victory and leave a war. I think that the time is long past but hopefully we can all agree that that time has come. President Trump has called an end to this war and made this statement in his state of the union. “He said that great nations do not fight endless wars.”
I agree and now I am pushing forward to end our long-running war in Afghanistan. My legislation would declare victory in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden was killed eight years ago. They say Alqaeda is virtually wiped out. According to the DOD by 2009, there were less than 100 Alqaeda soldiers left in Afghanistan, and a June 2018 DOD report stated few remaining Alqaeda core members are really focused on their own survival.
My bill also rewards those who served. Within one year after the war ends 2,500 dollar victory bonus will be paid to all members of the military, who served in the global war on terrorism. Since 2001 more than 3 million men and women have been deployed. Each of them will get $2,500.
This would be a one time cost of 7 Billion dollars and an immediate savings of over 83% when compared to the current yearly cost of nation-building. so we are spending 50 some odd billion there we are going to give 7 billion dollar bonuses to soldiers and then what we are going to do is the rest of it will be a peace dividend and then from here on out we will save about 50 billion dollars a year.”
“It’a time to build here not there.”
This week, I am introducing legislation to end a war that should have ended long ago, the war in Afghanistan. The United States has been fighting the War on Terror since October of 2001 and it has cost 6 trillion dollars. pic.twitter.com/UBxeq0NsQe