Menendez Statement On One Year Anniversary Of Surge

Menendez Statement On One Year Anniversary Of Surge

Washington - A year ago today, the deployment of the surge of American troops into Iraq began. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who visited Iraq in January, released the following statement today:

"One year after the surge of American troops into Iraq began, our brave men and women continue to be entrenched in that warzone acting as a national police force. American troops have carried out the mission they were given with extraordinary skill and valor, as they always do. However, as I saw with my own eyes when I traveled to Iraq recently, the political reconciliation that was the goal of the surge has not materialized. President Bush has no strategy other than stay the course and pass it on to future generations. The Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee is talking about keeping our troops over there for at least 100 years. That is not something that the American people want or will tolerate. Our best chance for long term peace will come once we begin responsibly bringing our troops home. The Iraqi government and security forces won't take control of their country until they actually believe we won't be there forever, acting as a crutch."

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