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US Senator Russ Feingold

Statement of US Senator Russ Feingold on Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, President Obama said during an
interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he was "skeptical"
about sending more troops to Afghanistan. And this morning, the
Washington
Post reported on General Stanley McChrystal's assessment of
Afghanistan.  U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who has said a troop
increase could be counterproductive
to our national security goals and last month called for
a flexible timetable
to draw down our forces from Afghanistan, released the
following statement on the president's comments, as well as the report:

"I
was encouraged by President Obama's skepticism about sending more troops into
Afghanistan.  Our goal must be to do what is in the best interests of our
national security and, as the president said, sending more troops doesn't
automatically make Americans more safe.  I welcome General McChrystal's
report but his task is to solely focus on Afghanistan
while we need to consider how sending more
troops would affect the entire region and our efforts to fight al Qaeda globally.  Spending
billions more dollars and sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan may not
significantly improve conditions on the ground and may actually prove
counterproductive in stabilizing Pakistan and fighting al Qaeda in the region
and around the world. 

"The
administration should offer a flexible timetable for when our massive military
operations in Afghanistan will end.  This will defuse the perception that
we are occupying that country, which fuels militancy and instability in
Afghanistan and nuclear-armed Pakistan."

 

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