Phil Hare on The War in Afghanistan

Last Updated : Oct 03, 2010

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AFGHANISTAN

As a proud, former member of the U.S. Army Reserves, I understand the needs of our soldiers and I am fighting in Congress to make sure they are protected on the battlefield and are cared for when they come back home. That is and will remain my number one priority.

U.S. troops have been valiantly fighting in Afghanistan since 2001. In December 2009, President Obama announced a troop increase of 30,000 soldiers. While I support the President’s goals to combat terrorism abroad and stabilize the region, I oppose President Obama’s escalation strategy. With over one thousand brave Americans lost and some of the deadliest months on record this year, the troop buildup has fueled the insurgency and worsened stability in Afghanistan. Recent CIA reports of less than 50 al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan also raise doubts about our continued presence in the country.

Despite the bravery and valor of our servicemen and women, it has become clear to me the mission - to disrupt and defeat al-Qaeda wherever they exist - would be better served through counterterrorism operations utilizing our Special Forces and intelligence assets. I believe that a larger and prolonged military presence does not meet the goal to kill and capture al-Qaeda and could be used as a recruiting tool by al-Qaeda and its allies.

I support the safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. I have voted to require the President to present to Congress a viable exit strategy including a timeframe for beginning and ending of troop withdrawal.

 

 

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