Conyers Applauds President Obama’s Decision to End Troop Presence in Iraq; Urges President to End War in Afghanistan
(WASHINGTON)— Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement today responding to President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will honor its responsibilities under the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and bring all U.S. combat troops home by the end of 2011.
“President Obama campaigned on ending the War in Iraq, “said Conyers. “With today’s announcement, he has kept his promise to the American people. Nine long years ago our country went to war under false pretenses and we have paid a heavy price. This war has cost us the lives of 4,500 brave young servicemen and women, added billions of dollars to our national debt, and resulted in countless missed opportunities for investment at home. I am heartened that this long, tragic chapter in our nation’s history is finally coming to a close.”
“I urge President Obama to take this opportunity to also consider implementing a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan, another country where a U.S. military quagmire has exacted far too great a price from the American people.”
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