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DeLauro Responds to Trump’s Remarks on Afghanistan

August 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 21, 2017) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech regarding our nation’s military strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia.

“Tonight, President Trump offered no new details or specifics about the way forward in Afghanistan,” said Delauro. “Instead, he promised an open-ended military engagement, premised on a goal of victory, without providing any specifics.”

“American troops, including service members from Connecticut, have been in Afghanistan for nearly sixteen years,” continued DeLauro. “Thousands of brave American men and women have perished in what is now the longest war in our history. Through our troops’ service, sacrifice, and dedication, they have accomplished the original mission that they were given. Al Qaeda has been severely weakened in Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden—the perpetrator of the horrific September 11th attacks—has been brought to justice.

“After nearly sixteen years, I reiterate my call to bring our troops home. Neither they nor the American people signed up for an endless war overseas. It is time for the citizens of Afghanistan to take responsibility for the future of their country, and for our government to shift focus back to nation-building here at home.”