Statements about Afghanistan
The United States is at "historic record highs" of individuals being apprehended on the border from countries with terrorist ties such as "Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria."
By 2009, "dozens of senior terrorists had been taken off the battlefield" by drones.
In February, John McCain "suggested" the Bergdahl-Taliban swap that he now calls "outrageous and dangerous."
"More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before."
"More than 40,000 troops are still stationed in Afghanistan with no clear objective. Even in the best case, by the end of the year at least 10,000 American soldiers will still be on the ground."
"We have been in Afghanistan longer now than we have been in any foreign land conducting a war in our nation’s history."
"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."
"The FL Guard has defended our freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq, and put their lives at risk; now the fed govt is going to cut their pay 20%."
Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost every U.S. family $45,000.
Says only about 250 Texans have been killed in action since 9/11.
Says he and Mitt Romney "always said that we agree with the 2014 deadline" for leaving Afghanistan.
"We will spend $100 billion in Afghanistan this year, fixing roads, building bridges, training police officers, and more, [and] cutting the same things in our own country."
Says that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam "has made it clear by his repeated actions that he will pursue a policy that promotes the interest of Islamist (sic) and their radical ideology as long as he is governor."
Rhode Island has the "the second-most heavily deployed National Guard in the United States."
"When Marcy Kaptur brought home $42 million for new manufacturing jobs, Dennis Kucinich voted 'no'."
Says President Obama "helped more than half a million veterans and military family members go to college through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill."
Says an amendment specifying when military members may use deadly force "does nothing to change existing rules of engagement for American service members."
"$360 million of our tax dollars went straight to ... the Taliban."
Says for the first time in the history of the United States, the government cut taxes during wartime
The U.S. is spending "one out of every six Defense Department dollars on Afghanistan."
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