Hoeven Statement on President's Afghanistan Strategy

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement on the President’s strategy for Afghanistan:

“We want to bring our troops home as soon as we can but it has to be under the right conditions and when we know that our national security is protected against terrorism. The President is right to emphasize victory and not political timetables for U.S. deployments to Afghanistan. While additional U.S. forces could be deployed in the right capacity, such as training Afghan forces and providing powerful air support to Afghan fighters on the ground, the Afghani troops need to be the ones in combat efforts on the ground. We appreciate the President’s renewed pressure on Pakistan to cooperate in the fight against terrorists, and hold Pakistan to account for supporting extremists. The President made it clear that we are not into nation building, but focused on protecting our citizens from terrorism.”