U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding the President's Afghanistan strategy announcement.
Representative Miller said:
"Today President Obama announced he will be ordering 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to seize the initiative from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and I completely support these goals. I look forward to hearing additional details of the President's plan when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testify before Congressional Committees this week and from General McChrystal when he testifies next week.
"It is my sincere hope that the strategy the President has put forward will lead to success, but it is the responsibility of Congress to provide the vigorous oversight necessary to ensure that the plan he has put forward will lead to the success we all want. The mission of the troops that we put in harms way must be clear and achievable and we must have the support of our NATO allies. And the Administration must be committed to seeing this effort through. The President's proposal of drawdown begs the questions, "Does he have the political will and resolve to do what it takes to win, and will he reassess as the war progresses as necessary? Will he allow his commanders the flexibility they will need to achieve the mission?'
"I look forward to hearing more about this plan in the coming days."