If a security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan is finalized, military commanders plan to station between 8,000 and 12,000 U.S. troops there after 2014. The uncertainty of the deal has created budgetary and logistical problems between congressional appropriators and military leaders.
“Regionally, we would see hedging as each country in that region moves to protect their interests. It would be somewhat destabilizing on the whole,” he added.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.