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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney: American People Want Results, Bold Path Forward

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New Hartford, NY, August 21, 2017 | comments

New Hartford, NY-- Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) released the following statement on President Trump's strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia:

"The American people want to see results and a strategy to end this long war and preserve American security in the future. Those goals were delivered by the President in his address to the nation.

In February, I visited Afghanistan and met with our military leadership and troops on the ground where I saw firsthand how years of failed strategy and unfinished missions have created a vacuum of instability and increased terrorist activity in the region.

The policies of the previous administrations have not achieved measurable results. It is time for a bold path forward and a clear vision to ensure that America remains safe.

Now we have one.

America cannot afford to stand by as Afghanistan remains a safe haven for terrorist organizations that only seek to attack our Western values and our homeland while further destabilizing the Middle East. We cannot continue to stand down while the illegal drug trade, a top funding mechanism for terrorism, in Afghanistan continues to grow. No longer can arbitrary deadlines dictate our strategy and objectives.

As the mother of an active duty Marine currently serving in the Middle East, I know that we cannot continue to leave our troops without the resources they need to successfully complete their mission.

I commend the President for his commitment to remain diplomatically, economically and militarily engaged in the region. Our mission is not to nation build, but to protect American interests while simultaneously helping train Afghan forces to protect their own country. The President's plan will allow the Afghan people to forge a peaceful way forward while ensuring that we attain a lasting peaceful resolution."

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