U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today shared his concerns on our nation's current military strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq during a SASC hearing with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Adm. Michael Mullen. Inhofe remains committed to ensuring our nation's Armed Forces receive necessary funds to modernize and provide maintenance on weapon systems and continues to be critical of President Obama's withdrawal timeline.
"As the Department of Defense faces current and pending budget cuts, we are in danger of hollowing out our forces," said Inhofe. "We must provide the resources necessary to keep our men and women in uniform the finest fighting force in the world. Maintenance, modernization, and training are all vital to our continued military success."
Inhofe continued, "Some Americans have vocalized their doubt on why our nation's military continues to fight this war. Over the years of meeting with the families of fallen soldiers, time after time, their desire is to see the memory and sacrifice of their loved one honored by successfully carrying out our mission. Those on the front lines and their loved ones here at home know what the mission is, and how important it is. Decisions about force size must be based on conditions on the ground, and not arbitrary timelines. Doing otherwise only allows insurgents to take advantage of knowing our strategic plans."
Last month was the deadliest month for U.S. forces since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001 with the death of 66 servicemen and women. Oklahoma has also felt this heartache, with the loss of 11 members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team since they were deployed in July.