Rep. Kelly Statement on New Strategy for War in Afghanistan

Aug 22, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan by President Donald J. Trump yesterday evening.

“As President Trump made clear last night, the consequences of leaving Afghanistan defenseless against the terrorists are far too dire and deadly to ignore. We experienced what happens when radical Islamists are free to rule their own country on the morning of 9/11. We saw what happens when we leave vulnerable allies to fend for themselves after we hastily pulled out of Iraq. Abdicating leadership comes with a cost. In order to protect Americans from deadly terrorism and avoid having to go back to war later on, we must finish the fight at hand. 

“Frustration, while understandable, is no excuse for failure. Surrender in the face of this evil enemy, whether in Afghanistan or elsewhere, is not an acceptable option. As long as they crave and plot our destruction, we must stay committed to ensuring theirs. With a more focused goal and smarter strategy now in place, I believe that a lasting victory is more achievable than ever. Our troops are trained to fight and win wars, and that's what our government must help them do.

“As we forge ahead, I pray for every single American warrior on the battlefield and wish them success in their noble mission — in the president's own words: ‘attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.’ The peace of our country and safety of future generations is on the line. After nearly 16 years of a war we never sought, let's show the world we have the will to get the job done!”