U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, tonight issued the following statement after the President addressed the nation on his new strategic plan for Afghanistan, including the addition of 30,000 troops to combat theater in the coming weeks.
"Tonight, the President informed the American people of his new strategy in attempt to stem the Taliban uprising and Al Qaeda resurgence in Afghanistan and the region. I am heartened the President finally gave serious consideration to the recommendations of our commanders in the field. I strongly believe the men and women of our military, who selflessly serve our country, should not be short-changed in the resources and reinforcements they need to complete their mission.
"I have serious and growing concerns about the stability and ability of the Afghan government to effectively govern its own country. The deadly determination of Taliban insurgents and the ongoing efforts of Al Qaeda to re-establish itself in the region are clear. These are critical issues that must be addressed in order for us to succeed and our troops to return home safely. I have spoken with General McChrystal about these concerns and look forward to his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee next week."
LoBiondo has visited the Afghanistan region seven times since 2005. On his most recent trip in late August 2009, LoBiondo met with General Stanley McChrystal for over an hour in Afghanistan