Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War:
"As the country pauses today to mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, our thoughts, prayers and eternal gratitude go first and foremost to the servicemen and women who were killed during the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They stepped up as volunteers, and performed their mission with courage and excellence.
"Our attention must also be focused on the families they left behind and their comrades--the men and women serving bravely today and the veterans who have returned home after a job well done. To maintain our all-volunteer force, we must provide the best care possible for our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as they recover from wounds, seen and unseen. That is a sacred promise we must keep.
"For years to come, historians will debate the decision made in 2003 to invade Iraq. But one point is beyond dispute: leaders in Washington, D.C., must do a better job of honestly conveying the grounds for armed conflict. In the future, voices raising legitimate concerns--as Gen. Eric Shinseki, Gen. Anthony Zinni, and others did in the run-up to and early stages of the war in Iraq--must be heard as we grapple with the important question: "how does this end?'"
Congressman Courtney is the sole member of the Connecticut Congressional delegation to sit on the House Armed Services Committee. He is the Vice Ranking Member of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Navy, and he is the co-chairman of the bipartisan House Shipbuilding Caucus.