Berkley Votes Yes On Resolution Opposing "Surge" In Iraq
Legislation Praises Efforts of U.S. Troops
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today voted in favor of a Democratic resolution that praises the efforts of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, but also condemns the President's plan for a so-called "surge" in Iraq. The non-binding resolution passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 246-182.
"This resolution says thank you to our troops, but it also clearly says no to a surge in Iraq. The President wants to send 20,000 more U.S. troops into a civil war with an open-ended mission and a bulls-eye on their back and I do not support his policy. President Bush has yet to put forth a strategy that outlines where we're going, how we're going to get there, how long it's going to take, how much it's going to cost and at what sacrifice to the American people," Berkley said. "The bottom line remains that I will not give this President a blank check for a surge when he has yet to provide us a clear understanding of why such an increase is needed or how it will help us to succeed."
The resolution supported by Berkley and approved by the House expresses continuing support for members of the Armed Forces who are serving or who have served in Iraq. At the same time, the resolution also expresses disapproval for the President's decision to deploy more than 20,000 additional combat troops to Iraq. Berkley has been critical of the President for failing to outline a clear strategy in Iraq that will allow America's armed forces now deployed in that nation to return home safely. The Congresswoman also expressed concern about the Iraqi government's failure to stop widespread violence and bloodshed as part of an on-going civil war that has put U.S. troops in the crossfire.
"I commend our troops for their bravery in carrying out their mission. They have not let us down - we have let them down, and we cannot ask them to continue their sacrifice while we wait for the Iraqi government to step up. Our mission in Iraq remains dependent on a viable Iraqi government with both the ability and the will to confront the extremists that are tearing that country apart. The Maliki government has demonstrated neither the ability nor the will to take the action necessary to bring an end to the sectarian bloodshed. The members of his government at the highest levels and Maliki's strongest supporters are using their office to aid the insurgents and are directly involved in the sectarian violence gripping and destroying Iraq and killing our troops," said Berkley.