Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) issued the following statement recognizing the ten years that U.S. troops have occupied Afghanistan:
"As I write this, thousands of brave American and NATO troops are stretched across Afghanistan bravely fighting to bring peace and security to that war torn nation. For ten years these brave men and women have been leaving the comforts of home and their loved ones to put their lives on the line. Nearly 1800 of their brothers and sisters have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and we must never forget that their blood has paid for our freedom and security. Many in America question our continued presence in Afghanistan, and I share their concerns, especially in light of the high price we ask from our troops. America and our NATO allies cannot pull the weight of Afghanistan for the Afghans forever, they must rise up and take full responsibility for their country's future themselves. That said, I strongly applaud our military and all it is doing to help the Afghan people live as free and as prosperous as we do in the United States. After all, freedom is not a uniquely American ideal, but a right bestowed upon all men by God."