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“We, right now, are in a situation where we have to look at this in terms of our broader national security interests in addition to the nation-building questions,” he said. “We still have 45,000 troops in Iraq that are supposed to be out by the end of the year. I’m not holding my breath. We have this new situation in Libya, where the president made a unilateral decision, which I, among others, have serious problems with.”

He has an ally in Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat, who last week suggested she would like to reduce funding for military operations in Afghanistan.

“I’m going to make sure we have enough funding to protect our troops and provide for what they need and to bring them home safely and orderly,” she said, “but we need to cut the funding.”