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  • Trump should update military policy in Afghanistan
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans

    Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders to discuss what progress we are or are not making in that war. What I found is alarming: First, we need to abandon the Obama administration’s false narrative that it has been able to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, now down to 8,400, because our strategy is “working.” Quite the opposite is true; our strategy... Read more

  • Statement of Support for Gen. James Mattis (Ret)
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement after voting for a one-time Congressional exception to allow Gen. James Mattis (Ret) to be confirmed for Secretary of Defense by the United States Senate: "As a fellow Marine combat veteran, I was proud to vote in favor of the exception to allow General James Mattis (Ret) to be considered for the Secretary of Defense. I firmly believe that General Mattis will provide our men and women in uniform with the leadership and sup... Read more

  • Coffman Spends Christmas with Troops in Afghanistan
    Posted in Press Releases on December 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) returned from Afghanistan where he spent Christmas visiting some of our deployed troops. “This Christmas, I had the honor of visiting with our troops deployed in Afghanistan,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. “Any opportunity I have to thank our deployed service members for their work, especially around the holidays, is very important to me. I also want to thank the families of those deployed who don’t have their loved one home for the ... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on CENTCOM Intel Manipulation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement in response to a Congressional joint task force’s report on U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) ISIS intelligence manipulation: “Since the Obama administration denies that we are a nation at war with radical Islamic extremists, it only makes sense that they would direct their senior military leaders to mislead Congress and the American people about the status of this threat.” ### Read more

  • Aurora’s Coffman, congressional colleagues: Bring F-35s to Buckley
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said if Buckley Air Force Base is not awarded new F-35 fighter jets, the base would likely lose its Air National Guard unit someday. “If we don’t get them, we will lose the runway. It’s only the fighter aircraft of the 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard that require us to have an active runway at Buckley,” he said. “It affects the longterm health of (the) base when we’re looking at base closures.” That’s why Coffman said he spearheaded the Colorado congression... Read more

  • Carter Insists There Really is a Strategy for Iraq and Syria
    Posted in In the News on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter insisted to a doubting Congress Wednesday that the U.S. has a detailed strategy for Iraq and Syria despite charges from both sides of the aisle that the Obama administration lacked an overall plan which was producing results. At the same House Armed Services Committee hearing, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey defended his "lily pad" concept of forward bases in Anbar province but also appeared at one point to question the administration's commitment. In r... Read more

  • Why I believe Iran Cannot Be Trusted
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The President believes that if Iran is diplomatically treated with the same trust and respect afforded to responsible governments that Iran will somehow suddenly begin to conduct its affair in a responsible and rational manner. I disagree: My belief is that the Iranian government cannot be trusted and is based upon my personal experiences in the Middle East. Simply put, as long as Iran legitimizes state-sponsored terrorism, publicly states that Israel has no right to exist, and continues to dev... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on Vote for Clean DHS Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement after voting to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year. “I strongly oppose the President's unilateral actions that I believe are unconstitutional but this issue is now being addressed where it should be: the courts. A federal district judge has already issued a stay preventing the implementation of the President's executive order and I am confident that the courts will continue to agree tha... Read more

  • The General Pays a Visit
    Posted in In the News on February 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    University of Colorado Denver students asked retired Gen. James Mattis questions ranging from the geopolitical to the personal on Tuesday. The discussion spanned ISIS militants in the Middle East and the conflict in Ukraine to Mattis's favorite books and how he'd like to be remembered. Later in the day, the 11th commander of the U.S. Central Command (2010-2013) concluded his two-day visit to CU Denver with a Terrace Room talk about Middle East politics and history. Over 200 CU Denver student ve... Read more

  • Cutting the cord in Afghanistan
    Posted in In the News on December 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    After a trip last month to Afghanistan with other members of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mike Coffman said he was "cautiously optimistic" that current U.S. policy gives the people there "the greatest hope for stability." That's good news, if true, and yet it's remarkable how fragile that hope for stability remains 13 years after U.S. troops overthrew the Taliban. On Monday, the U.S. closed its operational command in Afghanistan, formally ending this nation's combat mission. A total... Read more

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