Udall Statement On President's Iraq Speech
(Washington, DC)--Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the president's speech at Fort Bragg:
"Tonight, the president offered little new information or a new direction for U.S. involvement in Iraq. The American people didn't need a pep talk; they needed a clear and convincing strategy for stabilizing Iraq so that our troops can come home.
"The president needed to be honest with the American people about the costs and sacrifices of our continued war in Iraq. Having urged a preemptive war based on faulty intelligence and negligible links to the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, the president should have given the kind of speech our nation deserved to hear before the war began and before Congress unwisely passed a resolution authorizing war in the first place. What does victory mean in Iraq and how will we achieve it? What are our plans to bring the international community in as partners in Iraq?
"In short, the president needed to reassure a worried nation that past miscalculations and poor planning have been corrected and that his administration has a strategy for stabilizing Iraq. That didn't happen, and that is not good enough for the brave men and women in uniform and their families who have sacrificed so much."