Coburn Meets with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Remarks on the Testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today following a meeting with Veterans for Freedom and General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker's testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee:
"Today, I met with five young Marines who understand the meaning of sacrifice. I admire the courage of these young Oklahoman Marines to be a part of something greater than any single individual. During our meeting, these brave men discussed the importance of succeeding in Iraq. They were determined to make certain the sacrifice of their fallen comrades will not be lost because of a lack of will by political figures, but that it will result in the freedom of Iraqis and the security of our nation. These men have planted the seed of democracy in a region of dictatorships and rogue regimes and they deserve the gratitude and support of our entire country.
"It is clear by the testimony heard today of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and veterans of the Iraq War, that substantial gains have been made in Iraq. Our troops have worked closely with Iraqi forces and locals to accomplish these goals. The significant improvements lay a foundation for greater success in the region as we look to solve the numerous challenges ahead.
"While the gains made are substantial, they are also fragile and it is imperative political leaders do not ignore the recommendations of our generals on the ground. Surrender is not an option and retreat would put our nation, along with all other free nations, at greater risk of terrorist attacks. A free and secure Iraq will help spread democracy in an unstable region and help keep America safe from an enemy determined to destroy us. This is a war we cannot and will not lose."