U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, commended President Obama's announcement to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. However, Alexander remains concerned with the inclusion of a withdrawal timeline.
"After months of deliberations, the president declared his endorsement of our commanding officer's request to send reinforcements to Afghanistan, and I support this decision," said Alexander.
Alexander continued, "We certainly have a tough road ahead, but if given the tools and opportunity, our forces will accomplish a decisive victory for freedom. By calling for a troop surge in Afghanistan, the counter-insurgency strategy that succeeded in Iraq, the United States will be successful in protecting our own national security interests, and establishing peace and providing safety for the Afghan people.
"I also support ordering more U.S. military forces to Afghanistan in an expedited manner. This will better enable General McChrystal and our troops to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda, as well as train and guide the Afghan security forces.
"However, setting an arbitrary timeline undermines the generals on the ground. It is unquestionable that our country wants to see our troops return home as soon as possible. But, that deployment should be based on the events and conditions in the war zones, not on Capitol Hill.
"While providing vital reinforcements is critical to our mission's success, the morale of our soldiers is also of the utmost importance. Our brave men and women in uniform need to know that our country stands behind them to see the war won. Our heroic troops remain ready to protect and defend our nation and to ensure our everlasting liberty and freedom. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our soldiers, and one way to show our appreciation for their dedicated service is to offer our unyielding support."