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Burgess Statement on the President's Address on Afghanistan


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) tonight made the following statement regarding the President's address on continued American involvement in Afghanistan:

"I welcome President Obama's travel to Afghanistan to see matters first-hand on the ground. The President recognizes his involvement is an extremely important part of finding a way forward.

"Reflecting on my return from Afghanistan just last week, I expect the President saw circumstances that remain similar. There's no question that diligence and sacrifice of all our soldiers has made a significant difference in the outlook in Afghanistan.

"Signing of this strategic agreement marks long days ahead, fraught with peril and difficulty for America, the Karzai government, and the people of Afghanistan. In my meeting there with Afghans who are allied for reforms in the current government, they articulated many of the American public's concerns regarding American involvement and the future of Afghanistan. The way forward is inherently difficult. It is important, however that the decisions made and put into motion by this agreement work for the benefit of both Afghanistan and America."

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