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Miller statement on Afghanistan Announcement

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Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) issued the following statement after President Obama's redeployment announcement this evening:

"President Obama's redeployment announcement is a welcome beginning, but it is insufficient. It is good news that tens of thousands of our men and women in uniform will be coming home out of harm's way, but the President's announced withdrawal is too small and the timetable is too long.

"It is clear that what our nation truly needs is to bring all of our troops home from Afghanistan as soon as possible and concentrate on counter-intelligence operations in the region, not boots on the ground. "

Miller's full statement is as follows:

"President Obama's redeployment announcement is a welcome beginning, but it is insufficient.

"It is good news that tens of thousands of our men and women in uniform will be coming home out of harm's way, but the President's announced withdrawal is too small and the timetable is too long.

"It is clear that what our nation truly needs is to bring all of our troops home from Afghanistan as soon as possible and concentrate on counter-intelligence operations in the region, not boots on the ground.

"The President's plan will leave approximately 70,000 American troops in Afghanistan for an undetermined period of time. And his plan does not indicate a fundamental change in strategy, which I and many others believe is needed.

"Our troops went to Afghanistan to stop al Qaeda and get Osama bin Laden. Today, bin Laden is dead and our troops are no longer fighting al Qaeda but are instead bogged down in an unending war with the Taliban.

"American taxpayers are spending over $10 billion per month on operations in Afghanistan, where we are funding a corrupt government and often funding the very same warlords and Taliban that our troops are fighting against.

"This approach is not sustainable. It leaves our troops in danger and it does not make Americans safer.

"It is time for our troops to come home from Afghanistan, so that we can fund development in California, not corruption in Kandahar."


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