REP. LIEU LETTER TO HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN ON TRUMP POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN

June 22, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce requesting a hearing on the Trump Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan.  Mr. Lieu’s letter comes on the heels of recent Trump Administration decisions to expand the U.S. military role in Afghanistan.

In the letter Mr. Lieu writes:

“After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, a surge to 100,000 U.S. troops, and hundreds of billions of dollars spent, it is clear that there is no military solution to the conflict… A decision on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan should stem from clearly-defined political objectives—not the other way around.

“Having served on active duty in the Air Force, I believe one of Congress’ most important duties is to scrutinize any plan to send American men and women into battle. Given our Committee’s role in overseeing both U.S. foreign policy and war powers, we should require the Administration to articulate its strategy for Afghanistan to our Committee and explain the political objectives our military operations are trying to support.”

FULL TEXT OF MR. LIEU’S LETTER

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