'President's Resolve on Iraq May be Firm, But His Plan Remains Woefully
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on the news conference held by President Bush last night:
"From the outset, the Presidents Iraq policy has had
little basis in reality. In a country supposedly brimming with weapons
of mass destruction, none has been found. Our troops continue to
be met with rockets, not roses as the Bush Administration claimed,
and we have lost more than 670 lives. The Administration insisted
that Iraq's oil revenues could finance rebuilding the country, but
the people of the United States have provided more than $120 billion
thus far, much of it for reconstruction efforts.
"Last night, the President had a chance to reveal a realistic
plan for returning sovereignty to the Iraqi people, which is to
occur in less than 80 days. He did not do so. He offered no information
about the character and composition of the new government, or the
rules under which U.S. forces will operate after June 30.
"As signs of progress, the President pointed to making greater
use of the United Nations and involving nations in the region more
fully, but he ignored the fact that the situation on the ground
would likely be much more favorable today if these steps had been
taken before the war started.
"The growing number of American casualties demands a more carefully
crafted and more clearly explained policy than the one that was
on display last night. The President's resolve may be firm, but
his plan remains woefully inadequate."