POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall questions Obama's decision on Afghanistan

Camie Young

Camie Young

After President Barack Obama’s announcement last week about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks began the war on terrorism, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall said he is left with a few questions.

“Where is the President taking America in Afghanistan? If America’s work is finished there, let’s declare victory and bring everyone home. If our work is not finished in Afghanistan, then let’s define our goal, fund that mission, and see it through to conclusion,” the Republican from Lawrenceville said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Woodall visited the war-torn country and visited with troops, but he is not sure the withdrawal will help make either Afghanistan or America safer.

“We have sacrificed American lives and treasure on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and I have great pride in the work that America’s men and women in uniform have done there. If we’re finished, Mr. President, then bring our sons and daughters home. If there is still work to do, Mr. President, define that work for us and let us commit to supporting our troops bringing about that success,” Woodall said. “I need those answers from President Obama, for I fear that this half-hearted withdrawal is taking America down the familiar path of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. May God bless our troops.”

Woodall plays role in Libya debate

Woodall played a key role a few days later, when the House voted on America’s role in Libya.

The freshman congressman managed the rules of debate for Republicans, as two bills on the matter were discussed.

But the bill he was backing — which would have taken away funding for military operations in that country — failed to pass.

“The president has reached far beyond his constitutional authority by failing to consult Congress on continuing U.S. military operations in Libya,” Woodall said in a statement. “He has failed to present a clear strategy on how the United States should thus proceed, and the time is long due for the American people to have a voice on this issue. Though this bill failed, today, my effort to end this funding will continue.”

Earlier, Woodall voted against a bill that would have upheld the president’s authority to continue the current use of military force in Libya. The vote failed.

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