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June 23rd, 2011

Republican Response to Obama Afghanistan Address

Verona, PA – Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s speech regarding the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan:

“President Obama speaks of winding down our engagement in Afghanistan, but he does not emphasize the need for victory,” said Senator Santorum.  “Every American wants our brave men and women home safely, but we cannot let those who’ve given the last full measure die in vain by abandoning the gains we’ve made thus far.  We must be squarely focused on succeeding in Afghanistan rather than on politically motivated troop withdrawals.  Sadly, President Obama doesn’t seem to share that commitment.”

Cain Responds to President Obama’s Plans for Afghanistan

(Stockbridge, GA)- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain responded to President Obama’s address regarding his plans for American military efforts in Afghanistan, saying:

President Obama’s statement tonight is a stark reminder that while one might campaign in poetry, one must govern in prose.

While all Americans hope and pray for a speedy, victorious resolution to the war in Afghanistan that prevents the continued loss of our national treasures— our men and women in uniform— and our national treasury, how we define an honorable exit remains to be seen.

The President suggested that we cannot become isolationist or engage in every international  conflict, but instead, we must charter a “middle course.” How does he define this? It seems to be yet another foggy foreign policy coming from this administration.

Instead of providing the American people with clarity, President Obama proposes an abrupt withdrawal of our troops that could potentially compromise the legitimate gains we have made in Afghanistan. Sadly, I fear President Obama’s decision could embolden our enemy and endanger our troops.

President Obama is correct on one account: it is time for nation-building at home and high time the Afghan people take more responsibility in bringing peace and stability to their own country.

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