Congressman Panetta Releases Statement in Response to President Trump’s Decision to Drawdown Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

November 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement in response to yesterday’s announcement that the Trump Administration will expedite troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“Once again, President Trump is relying on his politics to dictate policy for our national security.  As someone who served in Afghanistan, I, of course, want to see our troops brought home.  However, any decision to do so, must be based on the appropriate conditions on the ground, not chronological timelines to fulfill political promises prior to leaving office,” said Congressman Panetta.  “It’s unfortunate, but the current circumstances demonstrate that if the U.S. military forces in place were to suddenly shrink or depart, the security of the host nations, surrounding nations, and our nation would be in jeopardy.  That’s why any decision to pull out the troops from these volatile countries must be done with caution and not carelessness.”