Webb Reacts to Obama’s Afghan Plan

Sen. Jim Webb (D) said he plans to push the administration to lay out “clearly defined and attainable goals” that ought to be reached before U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Webb reacted to President Barack Obama’s speech and to Capitol Hill testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates — all tied to the buildup and eventual drawdown of  troops in Afghanistan.

Webb said he hopes the administration will focus on “conditions under which we can have an endpoint” instead of a specific date for withdrawal.

The senator also said he has concerns about the corruption and “lack of reach of the Karzai government” in the country.

Webb said the U.S. will also need to battle the opium trade in Afghanistan, though he admitted that will be hard to do.

“It’s difficult for us to come in…and say we can eliminate that situation.”

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