Hare on 4th Anniversary: We Must Begin to Bring the War in Iraq to an End
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement on the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq.
"I opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning and remain frustrated with the lack of progress there.
"The American people have paid a tremendous pricewith more than 3,000 U.S. troops dead, more than 20,000 wounded, and nearly a half a trillion dollars of taxpayers' money spent.
"16,000 single mothers are now deployed in Iraq and the future of their families continues to hang in the balance.
"Illinois has lost 119 brave men and women in Iraq. 14 service members from my district have given their lives in battle. Today and always, we should honor their courage and patriotism.
"Unfortunately, our civilian leadership has failed to live up to the level of military sacrifice.
"President Bush has continually refused to provide an honest assessment of the reality on the ground there, and his failed stay the course' strategy over the last four years has left our troops refereeing a civil war with no end in sight.
"The Iraq war has also depleted our military readiness, stretched our guard and reserves thin, and hurt our overall ability to fight the war against terrorism.
"This week, I will support legislation that requires the Iraqis to meet specific benchmarks for success and begins to bring our troops home in less than a year.
"Our legislation supports and protects the troops by requiring that any service member deployed is battle ready, properly equipped, and received the needed rest between tours of duty.
"It also honors our veterans by investing billions of additional dollars in their health care.
"The days of Congress giving President Bush a blank check for the war in Iraq are over.
"It is my sincere hope that the 4th anniversary of this war is also the last."