New Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has already made news a couple times for suggesting a possible slowdown of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal timeline. That notion is getting some backing from Capitol Hill Democrats.
Reports John M. Donelly for CQ.com subscribers:
Republicans have long criticized the administration for setting dates for the withdrawal, and now Democrats who oversee the Pentagon have gradually begun to agree — and they have done so more and more openly. They appear concerned that without U.S. troops, the situation in Afghanistan could quickly deteriorate, as it did in Iraq after U.S. forces left more three years ago.
Among the Senate Democrats voicing levels of concern or opposition in the piece: Jack Reed of Rhode Island (the top Democrat on Armed Services), Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Tim Kaine of Virginia.
A version of the story appears on the Roll Call website as well.