President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night on his plan to send additional forces to Afghanistan.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"It is imperative to demonstrate a strong commitment to Afghanistan and provide strong global leadership against terrorism. The President's decision to authorize 30,000 more troops will certainly aid our efforts in the region. However, I have many questions regarding the President's mention of a timetable for withdrawal and whether or not this emboldens our enemies and disheartens our troops. I also want to ensure that we have all the resources needed to succeed and to fully protect our men and women in uniform, and I look forward to hearing directly from our Afghanistan commander, General McChrystal, when he testifies on Capitol Hill.
"I was one of the first three American elected officials in Afghanistan after the Taliban fell. One of the first things I did there was to visit a girls' school that had been closed for a number of years. It was inspiring to see how eager they were to learn. I think of those young women often, and hope our troops will help build a society in which every Afghan woman feels safe learning, working, and living without fear."