By LARRY BIVINS • Press-Gazette • August 10, 2010
Continuing to pay for the war in Afghanistan could erode the quality of life for American taxpayers, Rep. Steve Kagen cautioned Monday after a five-day overseas trip that included a stay in the mountainous country that has been a haven for 9/11 terrorists.
Speaking about the trip in a conference call with reporters, Kagen, D-Appleton, said that while he continues to support the troops fighting in
Kagen said that poverty and corruption run too deep in
"We didn’t destroy
When asked, Kagen said, his constituents reply, "You should be investing our tax dollars at home, rebuilding our own country, not someone else’s."
Kagen, who has been critical of U.S. war policy, was among six members of Congress — the others were Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison; Joe Barton, R-Texas; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; Ron Klein, D-Fla.; and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. — who left Aug. 2 and returned Saturday. The five-day trip included stops in
Kagen said 40 percent of the money sent to
The trip marked the first congressional delegation visit to
"We have to compliment our soldiers for their professionalism … the way they perform their duties," Kagen said, adding that the same praise should be given to
But in the end, Kagen said, the
"We’ll never be able to plant the flag and say, ‘This is what victory looks like,’" Kagen said.
Baldwin said she, too, believes that the
"After 9/11, I voted to authorize force to hunt down those who carried out and planned the attacks on our country,"