Bennet issues statement in support of troop withdrawal

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet said Wednesday night that he supports President Obama’s plan to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. He issued the following statement:

“I have consistently stated that the President must uphold his commitment and begin the process of bringing our troops in Afghanistan home. Tonight’s announcement is an encouraging sign that he plans to follow through on that commitment by withdrawing combat troops and support forces from the country in a manner that is sizable, sustained and responsible.

“Since 2001, the men and women of our Armed Forces have served admirably in Afghanistan, fulfilling their mission to destroy al Qaeda’s safe haven, remove the Taliban government that sheltered al Qaeda and pursue those who planned the terrorist attacks of 9/11. We must do everything we can to ensure that those who have served so bravely are fully supported as they transition home.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.