Sherrod Brown on The War in Afghanistan

Last Updated : Jan 25, 2011


As a Congressman, Sherrod Brown originally supported the overthrowing of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Since that time, he states that the ability to control the region has been usurped by loosing focus and moving troops to Iraq.

On his official website, he states that withdrawal from Iraq should include a renewed focus in Afghanistan. This statement is counter to ones he made in early 2009 when he questioned the strategy and called for a withdrawal in a year. At the end of the year, when President Obama announced a surge into Afghanistan, Senator Brown applauded the timetable for withdrawal, but skeptical of the decision to send in more troops.


Afghanistan and Iraq

In 2009, Senator Brown visited Afghanistan. When he returned, he spoke about the need to address the corruption there and the effect that going to Iraq had on the resources to deal with Afghanistan.


Skeptical About Strategy

In July of 2009, Senator Brown was part of the unanimous vote to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as McChrystal's successor. After the vote, his spokeswoman, Meghan Dubyak, said:

In December of 2009, Senator Brown responded to President Obama's address on Afghanistan by noting that he was skeptical of the troops, but supportive of the timeline.


Official Website Statements



Voting Record

Authorization for the Use of Force

In September of 2001, the House considered legislation to give authorization for the use of force against those who attacked us. The measure passed 420-1. Sherrod Brown voted to give the authorization for the use of force.

Sherrod Brown voted to give the authorization for the use of force.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 186; Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

States that is U.S. policy to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July 1, 2011. Requires the President to submit a plan to Congress, by July 31, 2011, for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan, including a completion date for such redeployment.


[1] Website: Article: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, following weekend trip into Afghanistan, warns of corruption Author: Felipe Nieves Accessed on: 01/25/2011

[2] Website: The Columbus Dispatch Article: Plurality in Ohio opposes war in Afghanistan Author: DARREL ROWLAND Accessed on: 01/25/2011

[3] Website: Springfield News-Sun Article: Obama’s troop surge awakens hawks and doves Author: William Hershey Accessed on: 01/25/2011

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