My policy on Afghanistan is simple: our troops are there to take out military targets--i.e., things that present a clear and present threat to our national security--and should be brought home as soon as possible after all such targets have been destroyed or neutralized and the Afghan National Army has been trained sufficiently to protect their own land from further Taliban incursion. Our duty to those who protect us, and to those they protect, requires nothing less.
When we send our troops into harm's way, it is critical that we support them in their assignments before, during, and after their deployment. These extraordinary men and women and their families--who daily encounter "the last full test of true devotion"--deserve the very best from the country they defend and the people they protect. They also deserve to serve under rules of engagement that enable them to do what they are there to do without undue interference from Washington. As your U.S. Senator, I will make sure that they have whatever support they need to achieve their critical objectives.