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.
"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."
Says he and Mitt Romney "always said that we agree with the 2014 deadline" for leaving Afghanistan.
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."
The U.S. is spending "one out of every six Defense Department dollars on Afghanistan."
The United States accounted for 26 percent of worldwide military spending during the Cold War, but now accounts for 41 percent.
The Bush administration "pulled the troops out of Afghanistan, pulled the resources away, because they wanted to invade Iraq instead."
"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."
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."
"2008 was the deadliest year of the war (in Afghanistan) for American forces."
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