Washington, DC -- House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement after today’s classified administration briefing on the situation in Afghanistan:


            “I was pleased to receive today’s classified update from the administration on the situation in Afghanistan.  As the Obama Administration and Congress have an opportunity to learn more about General Stanley McChrystal’s assessment and about what resources are needed to implement our strategy, I call on everyone to give our military commander’s request serious consideration. 


            “While we have a tough fight in Afghanistan, we picked the right general for the job.  We took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan when we invaded Iraq, but U.S. national security and regional stability demand that we give Afghanistan the attention it deserves.  Afghanistan can no longer play second fiddle to other national security concerns.”