August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee praised President Trump’s remarks tonight on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:
“Tonight, the president reaffirmed our commitment to victory in Afghanistan and marked an encouraging new beginning in the U.S. military’s approach to supporting our Afghan partners in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS. I thoroughly support the president’s strategy, backed by Secretary of Defense Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, to provide the necessary support to enable the Afghan National Security Forces to free Afghanistan from the tyranny of terrorism and to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for terrorists who want to do us harm.
“The president has also been clear that we must put pressure on our regional partners, specifically Pakistan and India, and work with us to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a hotbed of international terrorist activity, as before September 11th. This new strategy will begin to correct the course from eight years under the Obama administration of premature drawdowns and ambivalence to the mission.
“Tonight’s announcement only makes it more vital that the Senate promptly take up consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act when we return in September to ensure that our service members in Afghanistan and around the world have the training, resources and equipment they need to complete their mission.”