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Senator Lautenberg Issues Statement on Bush Plan to Send an Additional 20,000 Troops to Iraq
Alex Formuzis (202) 224-7340
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United states Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement today in response to President Bush's expected announcement this evening to send an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq in the coming weeks.
“After all of the errors and incompetence the Bush administration has shown on Iraq, how can the American people believe the President is on the right track? Our military leaders have already indicated that this so-called ‘surge’ is the wrong approach. We should not simply throw more money at this problem, nor put more of our courageous soldiers in peril.”
The American people overwhelmingly want to see us leave Iraq, with some hope for stability in our absence. President Bush must do what he has failed to do for four years: show real diplomatic leadership skills. Iraq will never be stable until the Iraqis take serious charge of their government. The current leadership in Iraq has to make a real effort to quell the killings by the Shia militias, and show the Sunnis that they will actually be empowered in both the Iraqi government and the economy. We can send many thousands more troops to Iraq but it won’t make a difference if the Sunnis feel the Iraqi government offers them nothing.”