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September 21, 2009


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voiced his support for Army General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of U.S. and Coalition forces in Afghanistan, and called for the Obama administration to support General McChrystal’s requests for additional resources.

“In light of the early release of General McChrystal’s assessment on the War in Afghanistan, I strongly urge President Obama and his senior administration officials to heed the recommendations of General McChrystal and properly resource the Afghan War effort in order to decisively win.”

“After eight years of war, we have reached a critical juncture in Afghanistan where we must show our commitment to achieving victory by fully resourcing the war in Afghanistan with an adequate number of troops and a fresh strategy to prosecute the war.  We must put aside the politics of the moment and seize this opportunity to allow our fighting men and women to finish the job in Afghanistan.  Risking failure against the Taliban and Al Qaeda is not an option.”  
Inhofe said.  “We owe it to the thousands of U.S., NATO and Coalition forces who have given their lives on the battlefield to see the War in Afghanistan through to its successful conclusion while continuing to deny Islamic extremists a safe-haven in Afghanistan.”
“Earlier this year, President Obama correctly responded to the request of General McKiernan, the former commander in Afghanistan, by increasing the U.S. troop strength by 21,000.  However, the situation now calls for additional troops and a commitment of resources to fully turn the tide against the enemy in Afghanistan.  With General McChrystal on the ground in Afghanistan and General Petraeus overseeing all military operations in the Middle East as commander of U.S. Central Command, the U.S. military has two of the most experienced and capable combat leaders planning and executing operations. It’s time to listen to our commanders on the ground and make an absolute commitment to victory in Afghanistan.”  

“Almost three years ago, we witnessed the calls of many to pull out of Iraq immediately, stating the ‘war is lost’. Some of my colleagues in the Senate who made these claims are now urging a ‘wait and see’ approach in Afghanistan, completely disregarding the fact that the war in Iraq has largely been a success and violence levels are as low as any other time since 2003 because it was properly resourced and our forces remained fully committed to victory.   The War in Afghanistan is a war worth fighting and victory is the only option.”

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