Romney-Ryan Misses Opportunity to Clarify on Afghanistan
Today, Governor Romney had the opportunity to clarify his ever-shifting position on Afghanistan, a country he couldn’t even find the time to visit during his international trip. Not only has Romney not laid out a plan of his own, but his running mate’s budget proposals would dramatically undercut American efforts to transition responsibly to Afghan rule. President Obama has proposed a clear plan to end the war in Afghanistan, just as he ended the war in Iraq.
Ryan’s 2011 Budget cut essential counter terrorism programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan
• Counterinsurgency funding. Cut USAID by $121m (9% cut), which will halt new civilian programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are necessary for the counterinsurgency strategy to work. These programs were called for by US military commanders.
• International conflict prevention. Eliminated all funding ($42.6m) for the US Institute for Peace, which prevents and resolves international conflict and stabilizes post-conflict states, including significant work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sources and additional information: http://trumanproject.org/press-releases/romney-ryan-the-commander-in-chief-test/
Ryan’s 2012 Budget Cuts Essential National Security Tools
“But apparently Ryan does not believe diplomacy and development are part of [the national security] tool kit, because his proposal would see the international affairs account slashed from $47.8 billion in fiscal 2012 to $43.1 billion in fiscal 2013, $40.1 billion in fiscal 2014, $38.3 billion in fiscal 2015, and $38.1 billion in fiscal 2016. The State Department and USAID wouldn’t see their budget get back to current levels until after 2022 if Ryan were to have his way.”
Source: The Cable, Ryan Budget Contains Huge Cuts for Diplomacy and Development. http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/20/ryan_budget_contains_huge_cuts_for_diplomacy_and_development
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