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Rep. Zeldin Statement on the President's Speech Tonight re: Afghanistan Strategy

August 21, 2017
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, just released a statement in anticipation of the President’s speech tonight, where the President is expected to outline his strategy in Afghanistan:
 
“It is time to bring the never ending war in Afghanistan to an end. A hasty pullout today though would absolutely backfire. What the President should do tonight is clearly lay out a strategy to win and do so in short order: (1) A more stable political environment in Afghanistan; (2) The Afghan government taking control over more territory within its country; (3) Disbanding more of the opposition forces that exist, especially Al Qaeda and the Islamic State threat that exists to the United States; and (4) Improving the security situation in the mountainous border. I believe that we should never send our troops into harm's way unless they are sent with a clear strategy to win. Send our troops to win or do not send them at all. Set them up for success as the only option. If our military generals are confident that a few thousand more service members are going to get that done to end this war entirely, that is not only a strategy that should have been implemented years ago, but that is a strategy that I would support now to end this war quickly. For years, we have been trying not to lose in Afghanistan. It is time to win now and end this war altogether.”
 
Last Christmas, Congressman Zeldin traveled with a bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Afghanistan and other countries in the CENTCOM area of operations. While in Afghanistan, Congressman Zeldin met with GEN John Nicholson, Jr. and other top civilian and military leadership to discuss operations in theater. Read more here