Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, on Sunday outlined his own plan for the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, saying the removal of 10,000 to 25,000 troops after about 18 months would “satisfy our ability to fight terror.”
The Indiana senator said he would like to see more carefully defined objectives from the administration regarding U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A target date of 2014 was set by the Obama administration for ending U.S. and NATO combat in the country.
“I would like to see this administration defining this much more precisely as opposed to the fact that we’re simply going to have a general review and 2014 is out there in some fashion,” Lugar said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He also said America’s goals in Afghanistan could be accomplished for “a great deal less money.”
“In the front room we discuss money every single day, we discuss the debt of our nation, the catastrophic situation fiscally. But in the back room we talk about foreign policy as if there was nothing in relationship to this. There is a big relationship,” Lugar said. “We are overstretched in terms of our defense budget on our military and so we’re going to have to think very carefully about our objectives.”