Text of Sen. Nelson's reaction to President Obama's speech on Afghanistan
December 2, 2009
"I think the president has a sensible plan, both short- and- long term, to empower the Afghan people and allow for U.S. troops to complete their mission and come home," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat and member of two key Senate Committees overseeing the war effort, Intelligence and Armed Services. "The plan will allow 50,000 additional Afghan troops to be trained by next July so they can hold areas that are turned over to them. And our overall mission remains the same: wiping out Al Qaeda and diminishing its supporters, like, Taliban insurgents, while keeping up the pressure in the Pakistan border region."