Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today issued the following statement in response to reports that President Obama will call for the withdrawal of 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan in coming months and for the overall return of 33,000 members of America's armed forces by the end of next summer. Berkley's statement appears below:
"Osama Bin Laden's death marked a new chapter for America's mission in Afghanistan and it's time we begin bringing our troops back home. I support the President's decision to begin this withdrawal and recognize that it must be done in a manner that keeps our forces safe, but I also hope that conditions on the ground will allow us to transfer additional military responsibility to the Afghan people at an accelerated pace. Such a move would enhance our ability to expedite the return home for even more of our brave men and women in uniform now serving in Afghanistan."