House Armed Services Committee Chairman McKeon sends letter to President Obama

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon recently sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

In the letter, McKeon expressed concern over recent rumors that Obama is considering leaving no troops in Afghanistan. He said that not only would it be a disservice to the people of Afghanistan, it would also pose a risk to the U.S.

"Further, by signaling that the United States may further accelerate its withdrawal, we embolden our enemies while we simultaneously weaken President Karzai," McKeon said. "And we undermine the very security and governance we have worked so hard to achieve in Afghanistan for the last 11 years."

In the letter, McKeon examined what happened in Iraq when zero troops were left behind. So far, the media reports there were nearly 800 killed and 1800 wounded in the last month. McKeon drew a parallel between what would happen in Afghanistan and what is happening in Iraq.

"Your Administration has publicly committed to post-2014 Afghanistan," McKeon said "Whether it is red lines in Syria or Iran, or promises to our allies, America's word must mean something. America's word must count. It is imperative that we do not set a decade's worth of blood, treasure, and sacrifice up for failure. It is equally imperative that we do not allow frustrations, however justifiable, with the Karzai government to lock us into playing the short game."