(CNN) – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said Thursday that President Barack Obama was able to outline the next phase of America's strategy in Afghanistan "from a position of strength."
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is at a "historic transition point" because U.S. forces have met their major goals there, the Massachusetts Democrat said.
We have "significantly disrupted" al Qaeda and diminished its presence, Kerry said. The death of Osama bin Laden was the "capstone" of America's original mission, he noted.
"No number of troops will resolve" the lingering problems in Afghanistan, Kerry said. At this point, a political solution is required, he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that the war in Afghanistan has declined in terms of strategic importance and that the United States should now focus more on countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.