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  Vice President Pence Addresses Troops in Afghanistan  CSPAN  December 22, 2017 2:21am-2:38am EST

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the dedication for the museum of the bible in washington dc. bowsers include muriel and the israeli ambassador to the u.s. 9:50 p.m. eastern here on cspan. vice president pence made a surprise visit to u.s. troops in afghanistan. due to technical difficulties, we join his remarks in progress. this is 15 minutes. >> from the safe haven of afghanistan, the terrorists struck the united states on september 11, 2001. we all remember the day. saw 2977hen we innocent men and women,
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mothers and fathers, sons and daughters lose their livs. the american people understood this for what it was. it was an act of war. and as one nation and one people, we've vowed to win this war. on our terms and on this soil. and together with our allies we came here to liberate the people neverevent the terrorists threatening our homeland again. we are staying in that fight and we will see it through to the end. [applause] this very pence: base, bagram airfield has been at the heart of our campaign from the very beginning. it's a bastion of strength in the beacon of freedom. as president trump has said, it's thanks to you, and those who stood on this ground before you, that in his words. th
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of horrors on the scale september 11 have not been repeated. you have inspired the world with your courage and your unconquerable spirit. you've crushed the enemy in the field and continue to do so. you have given them into hiding and struck fear into their hearts. you have given the afghan people the hope of freedom. the freedom to determine their own destiny and chart their own future. well,all knwowe these achievements have come at a great cost. many members of our allied forces have lost their lives over the last 16 years, including 2380 americans. the old book says no greater love is a man than this, than he should lay down his life for his friend. today in everyday we honor the memory of our fallen and let their families know that we will
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never forget their service or sacrifice in afghanistan. [applause] vice pres. pence: as president trump ahas said, we honor the fallen by achieving an outcome worthy of their enduring sacrifice. president trump laid out a bold, new strategy. you are the instruments of that strategy. of are the instruments american power, who are implementing that strategy on the ground. it begins by giving our men and women in uniform, as the president said, the tools you need and the trust you have earned to fight and win. and we are doing just that. [applause] yourpres. pence: first,
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commander in chief has medically it clear to our allies, partners and enemies that the united states of america will no longer be bound by arbitrary timetables in afghanistan. [applause] vice pres. pence: as the president said, america's enemies must never know our p lans. they must never believe they can wait us out. instead, our decisions will be based on an objective assessment of the ground. reality and facts and a relentless pursuit of victory will guide us. and nothing else. [applause] second,s. pence: president trump has unleashed the full range of american military might. you can, as the president said, fully and swiftly wage battle
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against the enemy. we have given you new authority to directly target terrorists and militants. this commander-in-chief has empowered the battlefield commanders with the freedom and flexibility you need to win. bureaucrats don't win battles. soldiers do. and undewr this president, we will never allow bureaucracy to stand in the way of victory. [applause] vice pres. pence: president trump and i are proud to see this strategy is already working across afghanistan. the american people deserve to know that with the courage of everyone gathered here we are making real progress in this fight for freedom. we dramatically increased american airstrikes and together with our afghan partners, we put the taliban on the defensive. we have prevented them from launching a major campaign for
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the first time in three years. we have targeted the taliban's funding as never before to renew the tax on the drug trafficking networks. thanks to the leadership of your commander in chief and the purge of all of you, in another field of battle, isis is on the run. their capital has fallen. their so-called caliphate has crumbled from iraq to afghanistan and everywhere in between. [applause] vice pres. pence: and all across this country we have wo new victories. no matter what they call themselves or where they try to hide. to enemies will have no time recover or rebuild because we will continue to bring overwhelming forces to defeat them every day, every time. the road before you is promising. but it's perilous.
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this commander-in-chief is serious about the threats you face. today, let me assure you. president trump has your back. [applause] vice pres. pence: and this president will always be unwavering in his commitment to give you be tools you need to fight and win. thanks to our strategy our allies have stepped up as never before. this very gathering is proof. rezulin proof has -- resolute proof is overly broad together our allies across the world. today you stand shoulder to shoulder with them in defense of freedom. and under president trump, we will forge an ever closer cooperation with our allies and partners. we will never ignore the dangers you face, even when they emerge
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from beyond the borders of afghanistan. for too long, pakistan has provided safe haven for the taliban and many terrorist organizations. those days are over. [applause] vice pres. pence: president trump has put pakistan on notice. as the president said so, i say now. pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the u.s. and pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. be on the battlefield this commander-in-chief has ordered the integration of every american power as well, diplomatic and economic measures, to achieve a diplomatic peace in afghanistan. until that day comes, you can be assureed, we will be relentless in our campaign to destroy our enemies. as history attests,
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peace comes only through strength. so, be strong and courageous and do the work of freedom. [applause] the afghanpence: people are a proud and noble people, who have suffered long. in the 1980's during their long war with the former soviet union. in the 1990's under the brutal rule of the taliban. in recent yerasars, the terroris and militants who have threatened their hoems and families, who have claimed the lives of brave afghan soldiers forces, and countless civilians. but through all the struggling, the afghan people rose and served alongside the armed forces today. heir love ofost t
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freedom, their courage to live in a land free of terror and war. let the people of afghanistan know, the united states t of america stands with them. -- let the people of afghanistan know, the united states of america stands with them. i just came with a meeting with the president. we discussed the progress we have made in this country in america's commitment to the afghan government and the commitment of the afghanis to their freedom. i said to them what i say to you now. under president donald trump, the unitedorces of states will remain engaged in afghanistan until we eliminate the terrorist threat to our homeland, our people, once and for all.
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[applause] vice pres. pence: it really is humbling for me to stand before you today. my father was a combat veteran. served in korea. i'm the proud father of a united states marine. but my life never took me into the uniform of the united states. but every time i am with men and women of our armed forces i am inspired. i am inspired by your courage, by your selflessness, by your love of country and your patriotism. you stand here on a frontier of freedom. you stand tall and proud in defense of our families, our citizens and our most cherished values. your mission is vital.
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and today on behalf of your commander-in-chief, i say to all of you, in the days ahead, mind your mission. take care of one another. respectfully unified chain of command. -- respect the unified chain of command and never doubt that every decision you make matters to the untieited states of america. more than you ever know. many people live their entire lives wondering if they have made a difference. but you won't have that problem. everyone standing before me today, and around me today, s tepped forward to join this all volunteer military. part ofe to be something larger than yourself. you've made a difference in the world. you've done a world of good. so, keep it up.
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keep lit the flame of freedom. the hand of the next generation. keep defending america in this ancient land. as you stand courageously with our partners as they reach for freedom. and i say with confidence, because of all of you, and all those who have gone before and our allies and partners, i believe victory is closer than ever before. [applause] vice pres. pence: i believe with all my heart that afghanistan will be free and america will be safe. and we'll win this fight. as i close, let me say again what a special honor it is for me to be withall of you.
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especially at this special time of the year. whens a few months ago president trump said to me that he wanted me to get there. he wanted me to get there before the special holiday foer the american people. just to make sure you knew he was thinking of you. millions of american people have you in our h eartearts i know there are many faiths represented here. i hope you find renewal and renewed strength in this season. for all of you, who like my family, in the coming days will look to a manger, and who will once again in your hearts claim the promise announced on a holy night of peace on earth and men, let mewards
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say from the first family and my family, and families across america, merry christmas. [applause] vice pres. pence: to all of you. may god bless you. thegod bless all who wear uniform of the united states in afghanistan and across the wider world. may god bless the good people of afghanistan and and may god continue to bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ >> c-span's "washington journal," live every day with
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