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Thornberry Responds to President's Defense Strategy Rollout


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's Defense Strategy Rollout released during a press conference at the Pentagon earlier today:

"The "Strategic Guidance" issued by the Obama Administration today is primarily a series of vague statements and aspirational goals. Calling a piece of paper a "strategy" does not make it one.

What really matters are the specifics on people, weapons, and budgets, and those have not yet been revealed. It would be a terrible mistake to squander the defense capabilities our forces have achieved over the last ten years.

I'm also concerned that over the coming year there may be a rush to leave Afghanistan before it can defend itself or prevent terrorists from again using it as a sanctuary. I worry about our ability to help nations across the arc of instability -- from South America through Africa to South Asia -- defend themselves and to thwart global threats. We do not need a national security strategy based on the political calendar."

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