House Republicans, led by House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) have introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 310) honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Services who are currently serving, or have served, in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As the United States plans the transition from a combat to an advisory role in Iraq next month, it is imperative that both Congress and the Administration not only take time to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made there, but also reaffirm the United States' goal of forging a long-term partnership with a democratic Iraq. Maintaining our commitment to Iraq will ensure that terrorists are not able to use that nation as a safehaven from which to plan and launch attacks against the United States, and will contribute to our vital and strategic security interests in the region.
If passed, the resolution will express Congress' support for:
* Honoring the members of the Armed Forces who are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
* Extending its gratitude to all those within the military and civilian departments and agencies of the United States Government responsible for directing the implementation of the ""surge strategy'' and bringing security and stability to Iraq, including General David Petraeus and General Ray Odierno.
* Recognizing the importance and significance of success in Iraq.
* Committing itself to working with President Obama and the administration to build on the military success in Iraq since the ""surge strategy'' was implemented.
* Recognizing that the President and the administration have a responsibility to build a lasting strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq.
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) praised the resolution:
I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution, which recognizes the courage and sacrifices of our troops, and all their effort to bring stability and security to a nation that three years ago was on the brink of chaos.
While there are still many challenges that lay ahead, our troops have performed brilliantly and deserve great credit for the progress that has been made in building a free and democratic Iraq.
It is with great pride and profound gratitude that we reflect on all that our men and women in uniform have done, and all that they continue to do, to advance freedom abroad and strengthen our security here at home.