Rep. Bishop Responds To President Obama's Plan For U.S. Military Efforts In Afghanistan
Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan.
"I feel like we're in the days of the Johnson administration -- with domestic spending out of control and military decisions being made in secret without Congress being fully informed.
"However, I want to give the President the benefit of the doubt and review his rationale.
"Ultimately, Congress has to make an independent judgment and when that takes place, over the course of the next few days, I want to give major deference to military leaders in the field. After all, they are the ones on the ground, whose lives are on the line, with the experience and expertise to make wise recommendations. We also need to keep in mind this is more than just about the conflict in Afghanistan; it is about a battle against terrorism, and what happens in Afghanistan has a major impact on Pakistan and overall stability in the Middle East. Any decision has ripple effects.
"Regardless of the final plan, I will continue to work for adequate funding and additional resources for our troops -- something I think the Administration and Congressional leaders have not adequately done."