December 3rd, 2010
06:15 PM ET

Republican senator favors permanent Afghan bases

Charley Keyes
CNN Senior Producer

Washington (CNN) – A U.S. Senator is calling for permanent U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina, said in an interview airing on CNN's Parker Spitzer on Friday night that an enduring military relationship and permanent U.S. installations in Afghanistan would benefit both countries.

"Under the right circumstances I think it would really secure the gains we made to have a U.S. presence in Afghanistan, two airbases that would be beneficial to the Afghan security forces," Graham said in the interview.

"Only if the Afghans want it as a way to make sure this country never goes back into the hands of the Taliban. I think that would be a good way to end the Afghan conflict," Graham said.

Full story on the Parker Spitzer blog

Filed under: 360° Radar • Afghanistan
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I thought people wanted OUT of Afghanistan and not a permanent base there. Even the Russians were smart enough to go home from Afghanistan and not leave a permanent force behind.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  2. Roger Iowa

    Mr. Graham does not under stand how many countries lost and took the big exit in Afghanistan. No one person has any answers to Afghanistan. I only hope Mr. Graham takes a big exit after the 2012 election.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  3. Mark C Williams

    Good idea, Sen. Graham! You can staff and pay for it too while you're at it.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm |