Statements about Afghanistan
"More lives have been lost because of the war with the drug cartels in Juarez alone, just a few blocks from the United States of America, than have been lost in the war in Afghanistan."
"More people were killed in the United States last year by tainted food than U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began."
"It costs us, logistically, three times more to fight in Afghanistan than it does in any other place."
The United States accounted for 26 percent of worldwide military spending during the Cold War, but now accounts for 41 percent.
"We are amassing most of our military strength in a country where fewer than 100 members of al Qaeda remain."
The Bush administration "pulled the troops out of Afghanistan, pulled the resources away, because they wanted to invade Iraq instead."
"The War in Afghanistan is officially the longest war Americans have ever been asked to endure."
"Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working."
"He (Kirk) did violate Pentagon rules, twice actually, for improperly mingling politics with his military service."
With his decision on whether to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Obama "has to fix yet another problem he inherited from the Bush administration."
"The president has added close to 68,000 troops in the last year, since he came into office, not just the 30,000 you hear, but the others that were added before that."
In Afghanistan "the (military) leadership has proposed a new medal, an award for 'Courageous Restraint' ... for 'NOT FIRING BACK.' "
The president can "authorize the killing of a U.S. citizen who fights for a foreign terrorist organization."
"He (Obama) has done several things well. Most of those things are places where he changed his view from where he had during the campaign. So, for instance, he's left our troops in Iraq and they're being more successful there. He boosted our effort in Afghanistan, which is the right course to take. He did not close Guantanamo, thank heavens."
"In the past year, more than 20 percent of Americans have changed their mind about the war in Afghanistan. They conclude we shouldn't be there."
"We're going to have more troops (in Afghanistan) . . . than the Russians had."
"In the last few months alone, we have apprehended extremists within our borders who were sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit new acts of terror."
"If you want to talk firsts for Bush, this was the first time in American history that a president took us into a war and cut taxes."
A request for "an increase in troops sat on desks in this White House (during the presidency of George W. Bush), including the vice president's, for more than eight months, a resource request filled by President Obama in March."
"The Pentagon under the Obama administration has just acknowledged seizing and burning the privately owned Bibles of American soldiers serving in Afghanistan."
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