Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to bring 10,000 troops home from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
“This plan withdraws too few troops and takes too long to do it. We can no longer afford to spend $10 billion a month on a war that is not making us safer at a time when Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling the United States ‘occupiers.’
“President Obama should immediately withdraw at least 30,000 troops—the amount equivalent to the 2009 surge. The remainder should come home by the end of next year. It is time to shift to a counterterrorism mission—it was 79 Navy Seals that killed Osama Bin Laden, not 100,000 troops. We must start spending taxpayer dollars creating jobs and building roads in America, not Afghanistan.”