--Lawmaker Hopes To See Ten-Year-Old War Come To A Close--
Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today expressed his support for the troop withdrawal plan outlined by President Barack Obama in his primetime address to the nation Wednesday evening.
"After listening to the President speak on our country's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan, it is my hope that the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon can work together to responsibly bring the decade-long conflict to an expeditious close," said Benishek, a general surgeon from the Upper Peninsula.
Benishek stated that following the death of terror leader Osama bin Laden nearly two months ago, he sees the President's plan to withdraw 33,000 troops over the next year as a positive step toward bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a close.
"With over 1,500 American lives lost and tremendous amounts of money spent, I believe my constituents in Northern Michigan have growing reservations about this war that seems to have no end in sight," added Benishek.
Benishek said that as a parent of a service member who served in the Afghan conflict, he full heartedly supports the work of America's armed forces.
"I don't know what will happen in the coming years, but I am confident that when the last day of this war dawns, our men and women in uniform will come home to a nation that is unspeakably grateful for their sacrifices for our freedom," said the freshman representative from Iron River.
Benishek stated he hopes his colleagues in the House will also consider supporting a course for the responsible drawdown of troops from the Afghan War.
In May, Benishek supported an amendment from Rep. Chaffetz of Utah to theDefense Authorization Bill in the House that would diminish America's military role in Afghanistan.