Up Next: The Anti-War Left

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May 2 2011 10:08 AM

Up Next: The Anti-War Left

With bin Laden dead, the movement to get out of Afghanistan has a new argument. Capturing or killing the man behind 9/11 was one of the reasons for the war. Now that it's done, it's time to get out.

"The rationale for the war in Afghanistan as understood by Americans has been completed, and it's time to get the troops home," said Robert Greenwald, the filmmaker and a leader of Rethink Afghanistan, a pro-withdrawal group. "Al-Qaeda has been driven from Afghanistan, and Osama is dead. With Bin Laden dead, the American people won't tolerate spending $2 billion a week on a war that's lost its rationale. We should recognize that this is the stopping point, and get back to focusing on our problems here at home."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.