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Anti-War Members Keep Their Peace

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House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers warned against assuming Osama bin Laden’s death meant an end to the war.

But Jones argued rather than a validation of how the Obama and Bush administrations have pursued the war on terror, the successful killing of bin Laden “proves there’s another way to fight the war on terrorism.”

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), a former Marine, took a much more moderated approach, saying the administration and military officials should assess what effect the death has on the realities on the ground in Afghanistan.

“I think that conditions on the ground should always play a major, major role in our decisions,” Grimm said.

“I think it has to be a factor in how we re-evaluate what we’re going to be doing in Afghanistan. What is the endgame going to be? If it’s nation-building, then we’re in it for the long haul. If it’s not and we’re looking at a more expedited timeline, then the conditions on the ground have to dictate the decision by the administration,” Grimm added.

But for now, GOP leaders in the House are toeing the line in support of the current war effort.

“Our fight for freedom and liberty around the globe continues. We face a complex and dangerous threat even today. It’s important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to defeat terrorist enemies and protect the American people. This makes our engagement in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan more important, not less,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday afternoon.

Likewise, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) bluntly said Republican leaders remain behind the White House in its efforts.

“It is our commitment to continue to do all we can to support those in our armed services and our intelligence community and this president in his quest and theirs to defend the American people against the spread of radical Islam and the threats it continues to pose to our country,” Cantor said.

Jessica Brady, Emily Pierce and Anna Palmer contributed to this report.

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