Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) issued the following statement today in response to General John Allen stepping down as Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan:
"As General Allen concludes his tenure in Afghanistan I want to thank him for his exemplary service to our country. Under his leadership, NATO forces have made significant progress in stabilizing Afghanistan, securing the civilian population, training Afghan security forces, and degrading the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other affiliated terrorist groups.
"Despite the success of General Allen and our troops, real challenges remain in Afghanistan. The president's announcement that he will withdraw 34,000 troops within a year threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The president continues to say 10 years of war are ending. But wars are not movies. They do not end. They are won or they are lost. And the quickest way to end a war is to lose it. I will continue to advocate for strategies and policies that will honor the achievements and service of General Allen and our troops, and ensure a just and lasting victory in Afghanistan."