Rep. Calvert: U.S. Troop Withdraw in Afghanistan is Short-Sighted

April 13, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) , Ranking Member of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the report that President Biden intends to withdraw all military forces out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021:

“With American troop levels in Afghanistan already drawn down to approximately 2,500 service members, I believe it is short-sighted to announce a complete and total withdrawal of all American forces later this year. After years of more intense combat, the posture and activities of our remaining troops has changed dramatically. As a result, there have been zero U.S. military combat deaths in over a year.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, American troops have made tremendous sacrifices and demonstrated extraordinary bravery to eradicate the terrorists who attacked us and deny them a safe haven. I believe there are national security benefits in keeping a limited U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to assist Afghan forces, deny operational area to terrorists, and ensure stability in the region.”