Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Afghanistan
Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan:
“As my team and I keep a close eye on the situation in Afghanistan, my heart and gratitude are with the men and women of the U.S. military who have served and sacrificed so much, the American civilians fleeing the country, and the Afghan nationals who served as crucial allies in our mission there.
“The scenes on the ground are heartbreaking and we need to do everything in our power to get those in harm's way to safety. I have grave concerns about intelligence estimates of the strength of the Afghan military, the execution of the withdrawal, and what it means for our national security moving forward. For the safety of our troops, our country, and the Afghan people, it is absolutely critical that we understand where things went wrong so that we can prepare for the new reality on the ground.
“Given the Taliban's history of providing safe haven for terrorist organizations, we must be very aggressive in our counter terrorism activities while also providing safety to the Afghan citizens and resetting our policies to face the many global challenges ahead.”