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Congressman John Garamendi's Statement on Increasing Troop Levels in Afghanistan

December 1, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, California, today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama’s address announcing a proposal to increase troop levels in Afghanistan by 30,000 troops:

"I thank President Obama for his careful and thoughtful deliberation on this matter. He faces a difficult decision on a war he inherited, and I know his heart is in the right place. However, I remain convinced that increased diplomatic, economic, social, and educational assistance in the region will result in a lasting solution in Afghanistan. American national security, our dedicated soldiers already serving, and the people of Afghanistan will be better served if we focus our efforts on improving the socioeconomic conditions of the region instead of sending more of our brave soldiers to fight in this war."