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June 29, 2010

INHOFE REJECTS TROOP WITHDRAWAL DATE SET BY WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a SASC nomination hearing of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus to replace U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan.

During the SASC hearing, Inhofe questioned Petraeus on President Obama’s withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan as well as training and combat status of the Afghan National Security Forces.

“I have the utmost confidence in General Petraeus and his ability to successfully lead our nation’s troops in Afghanistan,” said Inhofe. “His ongoing relationship with President Karzai will help minimize the impact of changing commanders in the middle of combat operations. However, my primary concern remains with President Obama’s decision to withdrawal troops on July 2011. An arbitrary withdrawal timeline emboldens the Taliban, weakens the coalition, demoralizes our military and loses faith with the Afghan people and their government.

Inhofe continued, “Finally, increasing the size, training and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces is critical to providing long term security for the Afghan people. I sincerely applaud the previous efforts of our soldiers as I have witnessed firsthand the outstanding accomplishments of the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade in Afghanistan in 2004. Their continued effort to successfully train the Afghan National Security does not go unnoticed and I am proud of their tremendous accomplishment.”

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