by Dennis Kucinich
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2012)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement following the announcement that the “surge” in Afghanistan has ended. In 2009, 33,000 additional troops were deployed to Afghanistan. Today, troop deployment levels have returned to the pre-“surge” levels. Sixty-eight thousand brave men and women continue to put their lives on the line.
“The Pentagon announced this week that the last of the 33,000 troops that were deployed to Afghanistan as part of the ‘surge’ have left the country. Since the ‘surge’ troops were deployed in 2009, the situation on the ground in Afghanistan has continued to deteriorate.
“Earlier this week, the United States announced that it was suspending joint military operations with Afghan security forces after a series of deadly attacks from our Afghan partners that left 6 U.S. and British troops dead. Such attacks have been on the rise, with 51 attacks occurring this year. Our multi-billion dollar training program for Afghan security forces is a cornerstone of our strategy in the war, and it is faltering before our very eyes. It is increasingly difficult to believe that these security forces will be ready to assume full responsibility for the security of Afghanistan by the targeted 2014 withdrawal date.
“With a majority of Americans from both sides of the political spectrum joining in opposition to the war, it is time to heed the warnings that many of us have made since the surge troops were first committed: no amount of U.S. troops or money can result in a stable Afghanistan. The longer we spend in Afghanistan, the insurgency becomes ever more resolute to resist the occupation.
“The monetary and human costs of the war to the U.S. and the Afghan people will continue to rise. Even when all of our troops come home, we will still continue to pay billions to support private security forces in Afghanistan. Over 2,100 U.S. service members have been killed in this war thus far.
“The ‘surge’ did not work. The war cannot work. We must bring all the troops home now.”