on Post-War Iraq
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today at a news conference held with Congressman John
Murtha to discuss post-war Iraq:
I am pleased to be here today with Congressman John Murtha,
the Ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
is a decorated Vietnam veteran. Among his awards is the Purple Heart.
For his 30 years in Congress, he has championed the interests of
our military men and women. I have seen the esteem with which Mr.
Murtha held when I had the privilege of joining him to visit our
troops in the Persian Gulf a few days before hostilities began.
that visit, Mr. Murtha raised questions about the militarys
ability to sustain this force for an extended period of time. I
also saw firsthand his personal concern for brave Marines and Navy
personnel when we visited Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Mr. Murthas leadership, Democrats in Congress will be sure
that our troops have what they need to accomplish their mission
and return home safely.
remarks today, Congressman Murtha made a compelling case about what
has gone wrong in Iraq. For too long, the Bush Administration's
approach to bringing stability to Iraq has relied on U.S. troops
taking almost all the risks, and American taxpayers paying virtually
all the bills.
clear that whatever plan may have existed for dealing with post-war
Iraq, that plan has failed. That failure is the result of miscalculations
and faulty assumptions by the Administration. These miscalculations
have been extremely costly.
into the war, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, told Mr.
Murthas Appropriations subcommittee on defense: Were
dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction,
and relatively soon. How wrong that was.
our military men and women prevailed in battle through their exceptional
courage and skill, bringing stability and security to Iraq is far
have seen in recent weeks, there are enormous problems in Iraq.
The condition of Iraqs infrastructure is worse than expected,
unemployment is much higher, and opposition is much more intense.
7, the President presented American taxpayers with the bill for
these miscalculations: $87 billion dollars in additional spending.
It is likely only a matter of time before even more money will be
already facing a nearly half trillion-dollar deficit, and American
taxpayers deserve to know how this spending will affect our ability
to address the unmet needs in our own country.
will not hand the President a blank check.
Bush and the architects of this failed Iraq policy must tell the
American people the truth: How did this happen? How did the Administration
spend the $63 billion that Congress already provided, and why were
the shortages Congressman Murtha mentioned not addressed before
the war began?
is the detailed plan for future spending? Where is the plan to stabilize
and rebuild Iraq?
in Iraq are too high to continue on the Administrations current
course. We must succeed in Iraq for our sake as well as that of
the people of Iraq and their neighbors.
is going to require a much more sensible approach than has been
taken thus far, and we are quickly running out of time to implement
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