Sen. Johnson supports Obama troop decisionSenator releases statement ahead of President's scheduled speech Wednesday night.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, D-S.D., released this statement ahead of President Obama’s speech this evening regarding troop levels in Afghanistan:
"America has made significant sacrifices and investments in Afghanistan. The reduction of 10,000 troops by the end of the year announced by the President tonight is a sign of progress after almost a decade of fighting in Afghanistan. Since the surge, U.S. forces have made substantial gains including securing territory and we do not want to lose what we have fought hard to obtain.
"Even though we would all like more troops home, I support President Obama’s decision. It comes after consultations with military leaders and members of the national security team, taking into consideration the realities on the ground. I know the President will do the same as we bring home the rest of the 20,000 surge troops next year."