Statement from Will Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, in response to the President’s State of the Union remarks on Syria and Afghanistan.

“Tonight, the President took a bold and praiseworthy step forward in winding down America’s costly ‘endless wars.’ For far too long the wars in Afghanistan and Syria have muddled along at great cost and risk without a viable strategy—and our ‘stalemates’ have come at the high cost of American lives. It’s time we do right by our troops. Let’s bring them home and praise them for having fought since 9/11 to decimate anti-American terrorist groups like Al Qaeda while punishing their supporters like the Taliban. It is time for greater realism and restraint in our foreign policy, and this is a positive move in that direction.”

The Charles Koch Institute is working to expand the public debate about what foreign policy will make us more safe and secure. Find out more below:

Survey: Americans Open to Withdraw from Afghanistan, Syria

Survey: Seventeen years on, Americans – including veterans – want out of Afghanistan

Fifteen years after Operation Iraqi Freedom, Americans think it’s time to bring troops home

 

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Gretchen Reiter, Vice President of Communications, Charles Koch Institute
gretchen.reiter@cki.org
202-403-4354

Rachel Tripp, Media Relations Specialist, Charles Koch Institute
rachel.tripp@cki.org
571-481-0783

 

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