In an interview earlier this week with Fox News, Senator Jim Bunning said President Obama “waited far too long” to make his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. The Kentucky Senator went on to blame the President for the loss of American lives.
“The procrastination for three months by this President on whether or not to do it has cost additional lives of American people, American troops, female and male in Afghanistan.”
This interview took place about four hours before President Obama’s address at West Point. The video appears on Senator Bunning’s YouTube page. The Kentucky Senator is also critical of the President's timetable for the withdrawal of troops.
Senator Bunning issued the following written statement following the President’s address.
“It’s about time. We have waited far too long for this decision from President Obama. Every day that the President has procrastinated on this, he has unnecessarily put the lives of our service members at risk. I am glad he is finally heeding the call of our commanders for more troops.
“However, I have serious concerns about President Obama’s commitment to actually winning the war given his troubling decision to set a timetable for troop withdrawal. By announcing an arbitrary deadline for our forces to come home -- possibly before the job is done -- the President is telling our enemies how long they will have to hold out and wait until we leave. I fear he could be setting all our efforts up for defeat and further putting our fighting men and women in danger. I am deeply troubled by this.
“We learned a lot from the Bush administration’s revised strategy for Iraq that put that war on a path to success. It would be a shame if this President did not apply those hard learned lessons to the current conflict in Afghanistan.”
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