LATEST SENATOR CASEY
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following President Drumpf’s address on Afghanistan:
"For nearly sixteen years, American servicemembers and diplomatic and development personnel have been in Afghanistan, fighting terrorism and helping the people of Afghanistan to rebuild their nation after decades of Taliban rule. Our armed forces and the U.S. government have made some progress, but Afghanistan has a long fight ahead to gain the sustainable stability and security its people want. The United States and our allies have a continued interest in preventing Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven or operational base from which terrorist groups like al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network, and ISIS can execute attacks that threaten our national security.
"The President’s proposal deserves a thorough review. I appreciate that it appears to have been developed on the basis of counsel from our military leadership, but I am concerned that such a significant decision was made at a time when the State Department lacks Senate-confirmed leaders in many critical senior roles. Any continued military operations in Afghanistan must be accompanied by a comprehensive diplomatic and development strategy, including to ensure that the country is ready for Parliamentary elections scheduled for July 2018 and to maintain and grow the health, education, and human rights gains that have been made thus far. For example, I have led an effort to invest in recruiting and retaining women in the Afghan National Security Forces and we must ensure the Afghan government builds on those gains.
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