Aug 22 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal" Rogers (R-KY) issued the following statement on President Trump's new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia.
"The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces have stood fearlessly in the face of terrorism to ensure the horrific bloodshed that took place nearly 16 years ago on September 11th, never happen again on American soil. Since that day, our military leaders have gained valuable experience and intelligence regarding the new evil we face and the unprecedented measures required to prevent future attacks.
"I applaud President Trump's determination to defeat terrorism through a new comprehensive strategy that utilizes diplomacy, economic assistance, and our military to deny safe havens for terrorists in Afghanistan and South Asia. With numerous terrorist organizations operating in that region, we must remain vigilant in our national security efforts and learn from past mistakes.
"As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and
Foreign Operations, I agree that a winning strategy must include robust diplomacy, responsible foreign assistance, expanded authority and resources for our troops in the field, and strong consequences for any nation that harbors terrorists. I look forward to working with the Administration to ensure that it has the resources necessary to carry out this plan, while also ensuring that we maintain proper oversight on behalf of the American People."