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Congressman Brown released the following statement after President Trump's speech on Afghanistan

August 22, 2017
Press Release

"The United States and its allies must be committed to a stable Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for terrorists to launch strikes against our countries. While I don't dispute the advice from President Trump's generals that more troops are required, more troops--alone--will not secure the victory that we all desire.

 

"The President said, “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans." But we cannot commit more American lives without a real, conditions-based strategy to end a war that has gone on longer than any other in American history. Trump failed to discuss a strategy that would fully involve USAID or the State Department, and ensure a legitimate, functioning Afghan government. We must incorporate both our military and nonmilitary components to ensure the lasting security and stability of Afghanistan.

 

"When I was in the Middle East earlier this year, I saw firsthand the tenacious effort and incremental progress our military personnel and diplomats have made in defeating al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban. But simply increasing our troop levels without a coordinated diplomatic and developmental strategy will not strengthen the capacity of the Afghani people or their government nor make the United States safer."

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