U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means made the following comment after President Obama declared Wednesday that the United States will withdraw American troops from Afghanistan:
"A stable Afghanistan is vital to U.S. national security. In 2009, the president committed an additional 30,000 troops to help the Afghan people bring stability to their nation and prevent it from reverting to a terrorist safe haven that could threaten the safety and security of the American people. Momentum has been seized from the Taliban, and the death of Osama bin Laden was a true turning point, but security gains remain fragile. The rapid pace at which the president now plans to drawdown troops may jeopardize the hard-fought and significant counterinsurgency achievements of Afghan, U.S., and coalition forces over the last 18 months. Going forward, it is critical the president base drawdown decisions on the operational requirements necessary to achieve the mission that our military commanders were charged with."