Congressman Rodney Davis says he approves of President Obama's decision to slow withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, the Republican Davis said keeping 9,800 troops there until late next year is in the country's interests.
"I think the disastrous results of what we saw from his drawdown in Iraq may have prompted this and I gotta give him kudos for making a decision that philosophically he never thought he would make when he was running for that office."
In announcing the second delay of a troop drawdown, the President said the number of soldiers would drop to 5,500 by the end of his term or after. Supporters of the move argue it will help the Afghan government remain stable and prevent terrorists from having a safe haven. Opponents say America's longest war needs to end and that there is no useful military purpose remaining for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.