On Sept. 8, Rep. Petri returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Armed Services Committee has put out the following release on the trip.
Rep. Petri met with troops in both Afghanistan and Italy, including a number from Wisconsin. A photo from Kabul, which includes four members of the Armed Forces from Wisconsin, can be found here: http://petri.house.gov/gallery.shtml
Rep. Petri would like to add the following comments to the release below:
"I was greatly impressed with the dedication of our troops in Afghanistan. They are fully professional and fully dedicated to their mission.
"I came away from the trip with many concerns about Afghanistan. While we can look forward to Iraq taking over its security and the costs of rebuilding, Afghanistan is going to be dependent on foreign assistance for a long time to come. We need to think clearly about what we need to accomplish in Afghanistan, what we would like to accomplish, what this will mean for our troops, how much it's all going to cost, and who's going to pay for it."