Smith Statement On Afghanistan

Statement

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: Dec. 1, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith today to issued the following statement regarding the President's proposal to send additional troops to Afghanistan:

"I fully back our troops and their mission and will continue to support funding to ensure that our brave service men and women have the resources that they need to succeed. I stand by the President's decision, but I also have questions as to whether the President's policy meets the needs spelled out by our military commanders. Arbitrary deadlines for withdrawal, regardless of outcome, are not a strategy for victory.

"Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, General McChrystal, and top diplomats will testify before Congress in the coming days and I trust that they will be able to provide some answers."