Time to Bring Our Troops Home from Afghanistanby Representative Candice S. Miller
Posted on 2013-12-12
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, 12 years ago on September 11,
2001, al Qaeda terrorists trained and supported by Osama bin Laden from
Afghanistan attacked and murdered nearly 3,000 Americans.
Shortly after that horrible day, American armed forces struck back in Afghanistan. Our troops have performed brilliantly and have significantly damaged al Qaeda terrorists' operations and brought the ultimate justice to bin Laden. At the same time our troops have shed their blood to provide the Afghan people with the opportunity to break from the tyranny of the Taliban and achieve freedom and liberty.
In recent months, our government has offered the additional opportunity provided by a bi-lateral security agreement which would keep American forces in that country beyond 2014. To date, Afghan President Karzai has refused to sign that agreement.
I believe that agreement should be withdrawn and President Obama should bring our forces home by the end of next year. Our troops have performed brilliantly. And now it is time for the Afghan people to step up and secure their own nation. We have offered freedom and democracy to Afghans and they must either choose to take it or not. And it is time for our troops to come home.