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August 31, 2021

Bourdeaux Statement on Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) released the following statement regarding the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “Last night, after 20 years of war, the final American aircraft left Afghanistan. I grieve with the families who lost loved ones fighting in defense of our nation, including 74 Georgians. I hold each of them and their loved ones in my heart. While it was time for our combat operations in Afghanistan to end, it is my firm belief that 20 years of engagement with the Afghan people focusing on civil society, education of women, human rights, and democracy has left a mark on their country for the better. While our servicemembers have left, the seeds of hope for a better future remain.

“My office and I have been tracking the evacuation closely. In Congress, I have strongly supported legislation to cut through the bureaucracy and get our allies to safety. I will continue my work with the State Department to help constituents, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans escape to safety.

“Additionally, we must also acknowledge that the withdrawal was poorly executed. In the coming months, Congress must conduct a thorough review of what went wrong, and those responsible must be held accountable. American leadership depends on our allies trusting us to do what we say. 

“As we look forward, we must also remember the two generations of servicemembers that served in Afghanistan. In Congress, I will continue to fight for our veterans and ensure they receive the benefits and health care they earned. We must never forget our veterans did everything we asked of them. Now it is our turn to be there for them.”

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.  

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford