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Rep. Rohrabacher Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Troop Withdrawl Announcment


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's forthcoming formal announcement of plans to begin a drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beginning this summer and ending in 2014:

"If we're going to leave, we should leave," said Rohrabacher. It's a disservice to those many American families who will continue to suffer the loss of a family member who is maimed or killed during the wind down of this war.

"President Obama is trying to have it both ways. If you're going to get out…get out."

"The centralized system of government foisted upon the Afghan people is not going to hold after we leave," continued Rohrabacher. "So let's quit prolonging the agony and inevitable.

"Karzai's regime is corrupt and non representative of Afghanistan's tribal culture. This failed strategy is not worth one more drop of American blood. Under the current strategy, our military presence alienates more Afghans that it pacifies. So if you're going to pull the plug, then we need to get the hell out now."

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