U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding President Barak Obama's Afghanistan policy announcement. President Obama announced he will order the withdrawal of American troops beginning with 10,000 coming home by the end of this year, and another 20,000 troops to return home by the end of next summer. Miller said:
"The brave men and women who serve this nation in uniform have been at war in Afghanistan for nearly ten years. During that time they have accomplished many important victories for our nation and at great sacrifice. They have brought down the Taliban regime which harbored al Qaeda and denied the terrorists a safe haven in Afghanistan; both of which were the core of their mission. I do not believe it is the mission of our military to help rebuild Afghanistan; it is their job to defeat the enemy. Now after ten years, it is time to begin transitioning our troops home.
"As President Obama and our military commanders begin this transition, it is imperative that they keep the safety and security of our men and women in uniform at the forefront of the planning and to make certain that everything they have gained is maintained. It is also time for the Afghan government and the Afghan people to rise up and seize the freedom and liberty that has been secured for them through the great sacrifice of our troops and the American people. Every American owes a supreme debt of gratitude for the sacrifices of our troops and their families. We continue to keep those troops who are serving abroad in defense of our freedom in our thoughts and prayers."