Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint is criticizing President Obama’s decision to draw down troops in Afghanistan, telling CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that the United States needs to “finish the job” there.
“I’m concerned about what the president said earlier this week,” DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, said. “I think we need to finish the job to honor the people that have lost their lives.”
When pressed on the cost of the war, estimated at nearly $10 billion per month, DeMint said the potential costs of leaving Afghanistan too early would end up costing American taxpayers much more.
“The most expensive thing we could do may be to withdraw too quickly and find ourselves in a fray again and starting over,” DeMint said.
While DeMint supported leaving American troops in Afghanistan, he said the faltering U.S. economy couldn’t support intervention in other places around the world, including Libya.
“It’s not a matter anymore of what we want to do or what we should do,” DeMint said. “We certainly want to protect lives in Libya, in Yemen, and other places. Frankly we can’t afford it anymore. We can’t continue to be the sugar daddy to the world when we have to borrow money from China to do our mission in Libya.”
Crowley’s full interview with DeMint will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET on CNN’s "State of the Union."
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