Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Gabbard, 30, a captain in the Army National Guard, timed her announcement for today, the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.
“We achieved our original goal of entering Afghanistan,” she said. “We’ve killed (Osama) bin Laden.”
Gabbard said the military, with its limited resources, should continue the fight against terrorism using advanced technology and special forces.
Gabbard, a former state representative who is in her first term on the Honolulu City Council, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and to Kuwait in 2008.
She is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep, Mazie Hirono. Also in the race is former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Advocate Esther Kiaaina and Honolulu attorney Rafael del Castillo.