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Congressman Schock's Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Plan

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Congressman Schock's Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Plan

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) issued the following statement today following President Barack Obama's speech at West Point outlining his plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the next six months:

"I applaud the President's decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, which is the necessary next step to defeating the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

"The war in Afghanistan is not just about the security of our country, but also is necessary to ensure the security of an increasingly volatile region. By denying the Taliban and al-Qaeda the safe havens they need to operate in Afghanistan, we can help prevent the very real possibility of a destabilized nuclear Pakistan.

"Success in Afghanistan can be defined as a stable country that denies our enemies the possibility to launch attacks against the Afghan people, Afghanistan's neighbors, or the United States and its allies. I support the President's decision and am grateful he decided to follow the recommendations made by his commander on the ground, General Stanley McChrystal. I will continue to ensure our troops have the equipment and support they need in order to do their jobs in the most effective manner possible," said Congressman Schock.


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