“I support the President’s decision to increase our force presence in Afghanistan to resist the resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda forces in that country and along the Pakistani border. President Obama has referred to the war in Afghanistan as a ‘war of necessity,’ and I agree.

“However, the President’s address Tuesday night raised many questions – including whether 30,000 troops are adequate to the mission. I am also concerned that we would set a withdrawal timetable before we know specific strategic goals have been achieved.

“I look forward to hearing the testimony of Secretary of State Clinton, Defense Secretary Gates, General McChrystal and other policy experts to help address the questions and concerns of Members of Congress and the American people.”