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Afghanistan War Powers Resolution

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. I rise in opposition to the resolution.

My colleagues, this is clearly the wrong resolution offered at precisely the wrong time. Can you imagine being a soldier in Afghanistan hearing of this resolution? Instead of debating a withdrawal from Afghanistan, we should be adopting a resolution praising the all-volunteer men and women of our Armed Forces and their families for their courage, dedicated service, and their continuing sacrifice in the name of protecting Americans everywhere.

Our Nation's Commander in Chief, our President, made the decision to act in Afghanistan, a difficult decision that was supported overwhelmingly by Congress. By the skill and bravery of our soldiers and marines, sailors and airmen, we've eliminated al Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan. But it is clear that we must ensure that our efforts to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven once again do not falter, do not weaken, and do not waver.

I concurred with the administration's decision to support General Stanley McChrystal's counterinsurgency strategy. That was an important step towards stabilizing Afghanistan. The President's reinforcement of our marines and soldiers, the so-called surge, helps achieve that objective and does provide additional security. The reinforcements have worked. There is success in Afghanistan. Our troops deserve support, and this resolution deserves to be soundly defeated.


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