Congressman Jeff Fortenberry commented today on U.S. Afghan strategy in light of President Obama's speech last night and today's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, which features testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen.
"Clearly the situation in Afghanistan is very serious, and a new strategy is necessary to keep the region from slipping into chaos. Last night the President laid out his plans, and I intend to explore the strategy with the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"This much is clear: further commitment of American resources should be met with increased support from other international powers, who are often content to benefit from American acts of sacrifice. The responsible community of nations must be engaged. This is not America's challenge alone; it is an international problem.
"Our goals in Afghanistan -- stabilization and defeating those who seek to do us harm -- must be subject to measurable progress. Our commitment should be neither idle nor open-ended, and the administration must define the goals that will mark our progress and lead to a sustainable outcome."
Fortenberry is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and sits on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.