"The generals in charge of this operation recommended to the president that we withdrawal 5,000 troops at the end of this year and then assess the situation based on conditions on the ground. Unfortunately this president rejected the advice of his top military advisors in the field and instead decided to go forward with a political calculation geared toward the next election. This complete withdrawal of our surge forces jeopardizes the substantial progress we have made toward victory and undermines our troops."
"We do need to diminish our presence in Afghanistan. However, the president's plan sends a message to the terrorists that they will soon be able to reconstitute and more freely plot attacks against the United States. Terrorist groups still have a strong presence in Afghanistan. And as demonstrated before my subcommittee, Pakistan remains a terrorist safe haven. We have to eliminate the terrorists' base of operations where they have the ability to recruit, train and plan their operations in order to prevent attacks on American soil."