Pelosi Statement on Bush Administration Announcement on Troop Reduction in Iraq

Dec 23, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi Statement on Bush Administration Announcement on Troop Reduction in Iraq

December 23, 2005

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bush Administration's announcement that it will reduce the number of combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15, which will result in fewer U.S. troops in Iraq than were there prior to the pre-election buildup:

"This long overdue announcement is good news for our courageous men and women serving in Iraq, for their families, and for the American people.

"There are ways for the United States to improve security in Iraq, make the American people safer, and the Middle East more stable that do not require 160,000 U. S. troops in Iraq.

"This reduction is a step in the right direction, which I hope will quickly be followed by others that will result in all U.S. combat forces being redeployed from Iraq next year."