Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Udall Outlines Concerns About Afghanistan

Fresh back from his trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan with a bi-partisan delegation of Congress members, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Tuesday told New Mexico reporters that he remains deeply skeptical about President Obama's decision to escalate the war.

"I'm concerned with the reliability of our partner in the region," Udall said at the outset of a teleconference. "It's a tremendous human, military and financial cost of an open-ended commitment. Therefore I remain skeptical of a continued build-up. I'm unconvinced that sending 30,000 more troops into harm's way improves the situation or advances our national security interests."

Udall did a teleconference last week while he was still in Afghanistan. He said at the time that he remained skeptical about the escalation, but said he didn't want to go into detail with his criticisms until he got back on U.S. soil.

Read my story HERE. And to hear a recording of the teleconference, CLICK HERE