Barletta Supports President’s Afghanistan Strategy

Aug 22, 2017
Press Release

HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s military strategy in Afghanistan:

“I applaud President Trump for outlining a South Asia strategy based in reality rather than ideology.  Unlike previous approaches, President Trump made clear that his administration’s strategy will be dictated by our nation’s top military experts and the conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables set by politicians in Washington.  As President Trump stated, and as history has proven true, ‘Micromanagement in Washington does not win battles.’

For far too long, we have put our troops at a disadvantage with overly restrictive rules of engagement and by telegraphing our military plans to the world.  The former administration made bad deal after bad deal, sending billions of dollars to countries that provided safe havens for terrorists while doing nothing to hold them accountable.  That will not continue under this administration.

We are finally going to rely on the guidance of our military leadership and redefine victory in realistic terms.  Our goals are clear: facilitate stability and security in the region so that terrorists cannot threaten the United States.  We are killing terrorists, not building nations.  Afghanistan’s future will be determined by the Afghan people.

While President Trump is committed to carrying out this mission in partnership with countries in the region, particularly Pakistan and India, he is demanding that they step up and contribute their fair share.  This is a strategy that puts America’s interests first and will advance the fight against terrorist organizations that threaten our interests both at home and abroad.”