Wilson Believes Troop Reduction Will Reverse Gains

Jun 22, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the year’s end with an additional 20,000 troops expected to be pulled out by the end of 2012:

“I am concerned about the President’s announcement to begin drawing down troops from Afghanistan sooner than General David Petraeus and other military leaders have advised. This decision is one that I would prefer be ‘conditions-based,’ and I do not feel the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan warrant such a withdrawal.  In fact, I believe these steep reductions will reverse the gains American troops sacrificed to make during the last year and a half.”