Lubbock Congressman reacts to Obama's Afghanistan plan - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/09

Lubbock Congressman reacts to Obama's Afghanistan plan

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer issued a statement after President Obama announced his new Afghanistan policy at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.

The full statement reads:

"I am glad to see that the President appears to be taking decisive action after months of deliberation. This long overdue speech culminates a decision-making course that began in March with the announcement that the United States would pursue a broad counterinsurgency strategy to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

"Although I support the President's decision to provide sufficient U.S. forces in order to achieve success in Afghanistan, I continue to have questions as to whether this plan will fully accomplish our mission. I am also deeply concerned about announcing an "exit strategy" before we've provided more troops and resources to help achieve success, and whether this signals to the Taliban and al-Qaeda that they can run out the "Washington clock".

"The mission of rooting out al-Qaeda and preventing a Taliban takeover is achievable, but only if we provide our commanders and troops the resources they need to clear, hold and bring stability and security to Afghanistan."

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