Congressman Al Green (TX-09) expressed his support today for President Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. This troop surge is a component of the Administration's ongoing war strategy to protect the United States from international terrorism and to ultimately end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
Congressman Green acknowledged that in his speech, President Obama emphasized the importance of maintaining an open-ended war while addressing cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. "There is an urgency about the war in Afghanistan that requires our immediate attention," commented Congressman Green.
"Our recommitment to war in Afghanistan will provide the Afghan government and its people with the opportunity to shape their country's future. By strengthening the capacity of their security forces, the U.S. can begin to transfer responsibility to the Afghans and bring our troops home," Green added.
Finally, Congressman Green also recognized the importance of "fully funding the troops with all they need while in the war theatre, as well as providing them with vital resources, such as housing and medical services, after they return home."