Tonight, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's remarks on Afghanistan during his speech at West Point:
"For both the Armed Forces and the American people, this speech has been long overdue. Since this past spring, the nation has been waiting for the President to make a decision in regards to the current conflict in Afghanistan.
"While I am encouraged by President Obama's decision to deploy more than 30,000 U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan, I have concerns that this deployment may not fully meet the needs of our forces in this region.
"I am also concerned that there may be too much emphasis on creating an exit strategy. Instead of creating arbitrary timelines, our primary purpose should be ensuring that the people of Afghanistan, its surrounding borders and the United States are safe.
"I have had the honor to serve my country in the Army, and while I was fortunate enough to serve during a time of peace, I still understand how important it is that we support our troops and their mission in Afghanistan. Therefore, I am committed to finding ways to help our military succeed in creating a stable Afghanistan that is free of terrorist regimes."