Rep. Beyer On Afghanistan
Washington, August 16, 2021
President Biden did the right thing by finally ending America’s longest war. The gut-wrenching scenes of chaos and fear we are seeing are deeply upsetting, but they also make it clear that two or ten or twenty more years of American presence in Afghanistan would not help. Staying in Afghanistan forever is not the solution.
The most important thing now is getting Americans, our allies, and Afghans at highest risk out. US forces are hastening and protecting evacuation efforts, and we are working to support that effort by helping identify and communicate those needs as quickly and urgently as we can.
Virginia has already welcomed thousands of Afghans who worked with our armed services, and we will continue to serve as a safe harbor for our friends.