|WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today returned from a trip to Afghanistan with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia). The Senators traveled to Kabul and other parts of the country during their two-day trip and met with senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials, including the head of U.S. military and NATO operations General David Petraeus, to discuss the situation on the ground. The Senators also met with Afghanistan’s Minister of Defense Wardak. |
“I was very hesitant to miss our 26th Annual Women’s Conference this year, because it is such a great event and I truly enjoy seeing the many Utah women who come out and enjoy the conference. However, the stakes for our nation and the world are high in Afghanistan and I hoped the mothers, grandmothers, sisters and neighbors or our Utah servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan would approve of my missing the conference in order to check on their family members and friends,” Hatch said.
“The Taliban insurgency is fighting to overthrow the current government, threatening to return Afghanistan to a lawless state where vast areas would serve as a safe have to international terrorist networks like al Qaeda. We cannot allow that to happen,” said Hatch. “Our discussions with senior military and other officials centered on how they analyze the threat and how to effectively defeat it.”
Hatch had the opportunity to meet with a group of Utah soldiers serving in Afghanistan at ISAF headquarters and Bagram Air Base.
“There is no greater honor and privilege I have as a Senator than to meet with those brave Utahns who chose to put on the uniform of our country and defend our freedoms. To meet with our fellow Utahns serving in Afghanistan is to be inspired by their sacrifice and incredible spirit to serve. Their commitment is an inspiration and I feel the tug on my heart every day to get to them, to thank them and watch over them as best I can,” concluded Hatch.