12.02.09

Burr Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Afghanistan Strategy

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement on his strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

"I am encouraged that President Obama supports an increase in American troop levels in Afghanistan, in accordance with the requests of our highest-ranking military officials on the ground there. What is even more important than the overall number committed, however, is that they be the right blend of troops with the appropriate training and skills to accomplish our mission so that we can place the future of Afghanistan back into the hands of the Afghan people. On a trip to Afghanistan last month, I had the opportunity to meet with our military commanders, as well as the troops in the field, and heard firsthand their desire to win and come home quickly. The President's decision is a step in the right direction."