Heltonville, Indiana, May 1, 2012—U.S. Congressional candidate for Indiana’s 9th District, retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jonathan George, gave praise tonight to President Obama’s trip to Bagram Air Base in central Afghanistan, and the President’s announcement that it was time for U.S. service members to transition out of Afghanistan.
“I am confident that the President has been committed from day one of his administration to end the large-scale presence of our service members in Afghanistan,” George said. ”The U.S. military has been extremely effective in giving the Afghans a fair chance to be prosperous and free of Taliban brutality.”
George complimented our nation’s military and pointed out that “once again, our nation has proven its willingness to defend other people, and usually our military members do not even know the people they defend.” George was impressed by the President’s inspirational message to the military that “as you stand up, you will not stand alone.”
General George concluded that, as far as he could determine, President Obama was the first president since Abraham Lincoln to address U.S. miltary members and the American public while standing in a hostile combat zone. ”I’ve conducted military ops from Bagram Air Base and it routinely comes under attack from the Taliban,” said George. ”There is no place on Bagram that is guaranteed to be secure from attack, and the trip to Bagram points to President Obama’s dedication to be our country’s Commander-in-Chief.”