WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) strongly disagreed with comments made last week by RNC Chairman Michael Steele regarding America's role in Afghanistan. Dent issued the following statement in response to Steele’s remarks:

“First, the United States was attacked by Al Qaeda on September 11, 2001, with aid and sanctuary provided by the Afghan Taliban, the governing coalition of Afghanistan at the time. These facts are irrefutable and led to America's military involvement in Afghanistan. Any suggestion that America's role in the region was motivated by some other purpose must be corrected immediately.

Second, this war is America's war, not President Obama's war. To suggest otherwise is simply unfair and incorrect.

American and allied troops are engaged in an ongoing struggle to ensure that radical, Islamist extremists may never launch future attacks on our homeland or find aid, comfort and sanctuary in Afghanistan.

During this critical transition of military command, it is essential and imperative that Congress demonstrate resolve and show solidarity with the troops, their new Commander, General David Petraeus, and their mission.”

Dent also called on Congress to act with the utmost speed in passing a clean supplemental funding bill for our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq after the House and Senate failed last week to complete work on H.R. 4899, which provides $33 billion in necessary funding to support our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.