He's back on American soil to say things are moving slowly but surely in the middle east. Congressman Bob Goodlatte just returned from his trip to Afghanistan and Iraq and was in the Valley giving a progress report. Compared to his last trip there two years ago Goodlatte says there is progress. The terrorist threat in Afghanistan is curbed and citizens are more worried about the growing drug problem. In Iraq, he says the people are starting to realize they need to take responsibility for their future if they want to be able to support their own military. Until that stability exists, Goodlatte says the U.S. troops need to stay.
"It would create problems as far as Al Queda using that as an incentive and means to perpetrate their violent means not just in the MIddle East but in the United States and other countries around the world," said Representative Bob Goodlatte, (R) Virginia.
Goodlatte said this is just another example of the U.S. spreading democracy around the world for the past century.