I also believe it is time for our service members to come home from Afghanistan. We need to get out as quickly as possible, in a manner consistent with the safety of our troops and with a transition to Afghan control. Ultimately, the Afghans must take responsibility for their own future.
It's been a while since the death of Osama bin Laden, and America's operations have eliminated many of Al Qaeda's affiliates. However, the threat of attack still exists, and America must remain vigilant and continue all of our efforts--political, military, economic, and diplomatic--against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
In Asia, the leadership transition in North Korea and its failed missile launch in April 2012 are developments that require continued American monitoring and attention, in addition to continued close cooperation with our allies and continued efforts with other nations in the region. To have progress, North Korea must demonstrate good faith, including suspending enrichment, halting missile tests, and allowing international inspectors into the country.
I’ve endorsed the Responsible Plan to End the War, a strategy endorsed by leading retired Generals and military experts.
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