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Michaud Statement on President's Afghanistan Address


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Mike Michaud issued the following statement reacting to reports that President Obama will call for bringing 10,000 troops home by the end of this year and another 20,000 next year.

"If the reports coming out prior to the address tonight are accurate, I'm disappointed. This is not an aggressive drawdown.

"Like all Americans, I'm proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform. I've visited Mainers serving in Afghanistan and know they are doing an outstanding job.

"But our troops have accomplished their mission. Osama bin Laden has been killed and Al Qaeda has largely been driven from Afghanistan. We need to bring our troops home now, and it should be at a pace that's much more aggressive than what the President is expected to call for tonight.

"The American people know that we can no longer afford to spend billions each month on nation building in Afghanistan. These resources are needed to rebuild our own economy, reduce the deficit, and generate jobs for Americans.

"It's ultimately the responsibility of the Afghan people to manage their own civilian and military operations. U.S. security interests, and stability in that region, will only be advanced when the people of Afghanistan assume these responsibilities."

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