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Woodall Issues Statement on President's Speech on Afghanistan


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement last night of troop withdrawals in Afghanistan:

"Our military has been engaged in Afghanistan for nearly ten years, and we had great success in defeating al-Qaeda and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Yesterday, the President announced his decision to withdraw of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year's end."

"Where is the President taking America in Afghanistan? If America's work is finished there, let's declare victory and bring everyone home. If our work is not finished in Afghanistan, then let's define our goal, fund that mission, and see it through to conclusion."

"Tell me, Mr. President: How does this partial withdrawal make the American homeland safer? How does it give those troops remaining in Afghanistan more security? We have sacrificed American lives and treasure on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and I have great pride in the work that America's men and women in uniform have done there. If we're finished, Mr. President, then bring our sons and daughters home. If there is still work to do, Mr. President, define that work for us and let us commit to supporting our troops bringing about that success."

"I need those answers from President Obama, for I fear that this half-hearted withdrawal is taking America down the familiar path of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. May God bless our troops."

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