Politics

GOP Rep. Mike Rogers Claims US-Afghanistan War Began in 2009

| by Michael Allen

House Intel Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) denied that the United States’ war in Afghanistan started in 2001 and then falsely claimed that it began after President Barack Obama ordered a surge in troops in 2009.

In an interview with The Atlantic published Monday, Rep. Rogers expressed anger over the U.S. timetable to withdraw all 23,000 surge troops from Afghanistan by September and all troops from the country in 2014.

Rep. Rogers said: “We were winning on the ground. I was one of the few who came out in favor of the president’s surge. Yes, people say we’ve been there for 10 years, but it’s really been only since 2009. The surge is the real date.”

Rep. Rogers’ comments are likely to offend the families of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan before 2009.