Last Thursday, I embarked on a trip to Afghanistan as part of an all-women Congressional delegation; together we met with military and government officials from both the United States and Afghanistan. Given that we were about to vote on additional funds for our men and women serving there, I was eager to see first-hand the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain.
To discuss the security situation in Afghanistan, I met with some of our military leaders there, including General David McKiernan, who will soon be departing the country, and officials from the US embassy. I also met with our men and women in uniform and participated in an awards ceremony for members of the Illinois National Guard who had earned service medals. It's amazing how dedicated and professional our soldiers are, and I'm so grateful for all they do to keep us safe and to advance liberty around the world.
I have always worked for the rights of women around the world and so I was especially pleased to meet with female members of the Afghan parliament, female civic leaders, and other women from every walk of life. The progress they have made over the last several years has been truly extraordinary.