WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House announced all U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 – exactly 20 years after the 9/11 terrorists attacks.
“I am grateful to President Biden for his decision to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. We should have left this war years ago. Having served on active duty in the United States Air Force, it’s clear to me that the U.S. has the best military in the world. However, our military is not designed to prop up foreign governments, as we’ve learned through nearly two decades in Afghanistan. After 19 years, trillions of dollars spent, and the lives of more than 2,000 U.S. service members lost, this decision is monumental for troops, military families and our nation as a whole. I’m pleased President Biden is finally getting this done.”
During his time in Congress, Representative Lieu has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He has also called for transparency regarding U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and expressed concern about the direction of the war. In June of 2020, he wrote to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for answers on alleged Russian bounties on U.S. military personnel.
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