Burgess Statement On President Obama's Recommendations For The War In Afghanistan
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas) released the following statement in anticipation of President Obama's announcement tonight that he will send more troops and resources to fight the war in Afghanistan:
"I welcome tonight's news from President Obama that he has finally made a decision and will outline his recommendation on how to go forward in Afghanistan. It is clear that the situation in Afghanistan requires additional troops, but I question the president's decision to send only 30,000 troops, when Gen. McChrystal's recommendations ranged from 40,000 to 60,000 more troops sent to the region. If the number is indeed lower than what was recommended by Gen. McChrystal, the question must be asked: is the president providing the appropriate level of troop support? Further, will there be the appropriate rules of engagement to allow our troops to do their job?
"This war can be won, and it will be won by the U.S. military, along with assistance from our allies. As we move forward with the process, Congress must show unequivocally that we support the actions of the brave men and women in combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Their mission is our mission. Today, after many months of slow-walking the decision, it appears President Obama has made his recommendations. Now it is incumbent upon Congress to ensure that proper attention is being paid to the needs of our troops in harm's way."