Shuster Statement on President's Address Tonight on AfghanistanWednesday June 22, 2011
Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Shuster released the following statement in advance of the President’s address to the nation tonight on his strategy for moving forward with the war in Afghanistan:
“It is my continued belief, especially after my most recent trip to Afghanistan last month, that any decision to remove American forces from Afghanistan should be based on the conditions on the ground, consistent with recommendations from military commanders.
Last year, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to winning the war in Afghanistan. Today, just hours before the President addresses the nation on the war, I have deep concerns that President Obama will announce a strategy for Afghanistan that is focused on political expediency rather than military victory.
I am interested in hearing the details of the President’s strategy tonight; however it is critical that any redeployment of forces from Afghanistan must not diminish our ability to continue combat operations against al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents. Doing so will not improve security for the Afghan people, will squander the gains we have made against our enemy and destabilize a region critical to our national security.”