Congressmen: Leave Afghanistan if CIA probe continues

Two Republican lawmakers on Friday said that unless the Obama administration ceases its "war" with the U.S. intelligence community, American forces in Afghanistan should abandon their mission.

"If the Obama administration’s priority isn’t providing our troops with the tools to do the job and win, we shouldn’t be there," House Select Intelligence Committee chairman Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Rep. John Shadegg (Ariz.) penned in a Washington Times op-ed.

The column emphasized intelligence matters as key to success in Afghanistan "missing" from U.S. and NATO Afghan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s new report.

Specifically, the Republicans argued that the Justice Department’s decision to open a preliminary investigation into Bush-era Central Intelligence Agency abuses of terror suspects are "undermining" U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, calling it part of a "war" with the intelligence community.

"We are concerned that the Obama administration’s war with the U.S. intelligence community is denying our troops the intelligence they need and is placing them at an unjustifiable and unnecessarily greater risk," they wrote.

Hoekstra and Shadegg referenced a September 18 letter seven ex-CIA directors wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder calling the probe harmful to the intelligence community.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also fell between the duo’s cross hairs for her comment in May that the CIA misled her when they informed her of waterboarding practices.

"These unfair attacks on the CIA are impeding its ability to obtain crucial counterintelligence information," they wrote. "Less intelligence will mean more American casualties."

Liberal members of Congress previously defended the investigation.

"I recognize how difficult this decision has been for Attorney General Holder, and I am grateful that the Justice Department is finally being led by an independent attorney general who is willing to begin investigating this dark chapter in our country’s history," Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement.

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