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Polis Statement On Afghanistan Troop Increase

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Polis Statement On Afghanistan Troop Increase

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's speech and proposed increase of US Troops in Afghanistan.

"President Obama delivered a powerful speech this evening and I commend his commitment to ending the war in Afghanistan. However, I do not believe there can be a military solution to this conflict and I do not support sending a single additional American soldier there, much less 30,000 new troops.

We need less troops, not more, to end this war. Earlier this year I traveled to Afghanistan and saw first-hand the very real challenges that our eight-year presence there has created. Adding more combat troops is not a formula for peace.

As I've said before, our resources could be better spent on diplomacy and targeted security operations. I believe that the best way to support our brave men and women in uniform is to bring them home as soon as possible."


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