Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney late Tuesday said in a statement that he was "pleased" that President Obama had visited Afghanistan and said Americans "deserve to hear" from Obama what is at stake there.
The statement steered clear of the type of arguments pumped forth from both campaigns over the last several days.
Romney, who earlier criticized Obama for his campaign's suggestion that Romney would not have ordered the raid that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, released the statement roughly two hours after Obama finished addressing Americans from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
Romney's statement continued, "Success in Afghanistan is vital to our nation’s security. It would be a tragedy for Afghanistan and a strategic setback for America if the Taliban returned to power and once again created a sanctuary for terrorists. We tolerated such a sanctuary until we lost thousands on September 11, 2001. Many brave Americans have sacrificed everything so that we could win this fight for a more secure future. Let us honor the memory of the fallen, not only by keeping them in our daily thoughts but also by staying true to their commitment. We are united as one nation in our gratitude to our country’s heroes.”