Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
February 17, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama announced that he will increase troop levels in Afghanistan beginning this spring:
“President Obama’s announcement that he will send troop reinforcements to Afghanistan is the first step toward refocusing on the security and stabilization of that nation.  Democrats have long said that the center of the war on terror is Afghanistan, and this renewed commitment to our fight there demonstrates the President’s appreciation for this challenge.  The conflict in Iraq has taken our eye off of a resurgent global network of terrorists, and this action responds to requests from commanders on the ground to increase their ability to effectively combat those who seek to harm us. 

“I look forward to working with the Administration, as they continue to review and develop a comprehensive strategy for the region. I also hope and expect that as the United States leads by example, our allies will also consider increased troop commitments to this critical fight.”