Rohrabacher: "Administration's Current Afghanistan Policy Will Not Work"
Joins Lawmakers Asking For Exit Strategy Report
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has joined seventy-four lawmakers as an original co-sponsor of H.R. 2404, requiring the Secretary of Defense to submit a report by the end of the year to Congress outlining the United States' exit strategy for military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 14th, Rep. Rohrabacher gave a speech on the House floor expressing heavy skepticism of the Obama administration's current plan for Afghanistan.
"It won't work," said Rohrabacher. "The structure the administration is trying to set up for its operations in Afghanistan is contrary to the traditions and culture of the Afghan people, particularly their own tribal and militia system. Furthermore, it downplays the role of opium production in financing the radical Islamic elements in the region.
"The policy is fundamentally flawed. Our military deserves those of us on the political and diplomatic end of the fight to do the job this administration is failing to do. If we're going to keep sending troops over there, we better make sure they have a program that can succeed."