Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump's Shift in Afghanistan Strategy

Aug 22, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement of key changes in the United States’ ongoing military operations in Afghanistan.

“The choice to commit our brave servicemembers to combat is the most important decision a Commander-in-Chief can make. Similarly, supporting our troops both at home and abroad is the most solemn responsibility a Member of Congress has and as a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, one that I take very seriously. As the war in Afghanistan continues, it is clear that a change is needed to advance the progress that has been made and stem any losses. The President’s decision to increase the number of American troops in Afghanistan in accordance with formal recommendations from the Pentagon is a move that I am hopeful will bolster our national security by stabilizing regions where the Taliban has made significant gains. But President Trump's lack of detail and refusal to articulate a strategy for ultimately ending the war in Afghanistan is concerning. The American people deserve to know how President Trump and his Administration are going to ensure that open ended war does not become the norm," said Congressman Ryan. “The sacrifices that have already been made by U.S. servicemembers, our allies, and their families must be honored by doing everything in our power to provide the resources necessary to effectively prepare local Afghan forces to take full control of their own defense. We as a nation are forever grateful and indebted to those who have already sacrificed so much in this ongoing effort.”