Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, responded to news that President Obama is considering a total pullout from Afghanistan after 2014:
"Our intelligence gathering operations rely on a strong presence in Afghanistan in order to remain effective. Drawing down our forces in the region would mean forfeiting the resources we need to keep Americans safe from terrorist attacks in the future. I hope the President does not make the mistake of jeopardizing our national security by taking the pressure off of al Qaeda and the Taliban and allowing them to grow stronger each day."
Pompeo is a former Army cavalry officer and a graduate of West Point.