Following President Obama's speech to the nation tonight about his plan for Afghanistan, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, released the following statement:
"It is evident the president's plan for Afghanistan has not maximized our forces' chances of success. Though the forces to be deployed have important capabilities that will have a meaningful effect on our counterinsurgency operations in the south and east of Afghanistan, the president has handicapped our forces by failing to provide the number of troops requested by his hand-picked commander, General McChrystal. Also concerning, the president's plan appears to set arbitrary withdrawal deadlines. History shows withdrawal decisions must be determined by the conditions on the ground, not arbitrary deadlines. Coincidentally, the president's arbitrary deadline assumes the war will be winding down and troops returning home just when the Administration is ramping up its campaign for re-election."