Posted on April 30, 2012 in Campaign Statements
"As we move forward, some people will ask why we need a firm timeline. The answer is clear: our goal is not to build a country in America's image, or to eradicate every vestige of the Taliban. These objectives would require many more years, many more dollars, and most importantly, many more American lives. Our goal is to destroy Al Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that. Afghans want to assert their sovereignty and build a lasting peace. That requires a clear timeline to wind down the war.
Others will ask: why don't we leave immediately. That answer is also clear. We must give Afghanistan the opportunity to stabilize, otherwise our gains could be lost and Al Qaeda could establish itself once more. As commander in chief, I refuse to let that happen."