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Sensenbrenner Statement on President’s Troop Remarks

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Washington, December 1, 2009 | Wendy Riemann ((202) 225-5101) | comments

Please see the below statement from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), responding to President Obama’s statement at the United States Military Academy this evening about sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. 

“I fully support the troops who are protecting our nation both here and abroad, and I share in their commitment to preventing al-Qaeda from finding a safe haven where they can continue to plot their vicious and evil attacks on innocent civilians. 

“I am thankful the President has finally decided to send additional troops overseas, as requested by our military months ago, and it is my sincere hope that his strategy succeeds.  With that said, I am dismayed that the President is going against the troop recommendations made by our commanders on the ground and fear his decision is leading us down a road we don’t want to be on.   Risking more lives is not a decision any General takes lightly, and we should not be cutting corners when it comes to something as serious as defeating terrorists and protecting our troops as they carry out dangerous missions.  We should also not be setting timelines to withdraw troops, as this only motivates the terrorists to wait out Washington. 

“Furthermore, I will not support placing additional taxes on the American people to pay for this war. Democrats have already added new tax after new tax to the trillions of dollars they have proposed for social programs, and it’s only gotten us double-digit unemployment numbers.  Our troops need our full support.  This tax talk is a diversion by the Democrats to distract the public from their poor policies and leadership.  Our military should not need to count on a new tax before they can do what is right.”


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