Thursday, June 15, 2006

War Debate Misses the Point

The U.S. House of Representatives debated a resolution today regarding the U.S. War in Iraq. The resolution states that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set a date for the withdrawal or redeployment of U.S. forces in Iraq, and that United States is committed to completing the mission of securing a sovereign, free and united Iraq.

Our military faces many challenges in stabilizing Iraq and rebuilding a country divided by bitter factions. We owe those brave men and women an open and honest debate focused on a strategy for success. We are all grateful to our men and women in uniform, and look forward to the day when they return home victorious.

The best tribute we can provide our military heroes is a plan for victory in Iraq. The President and the Secretary of Defense have mismanaged this war from the start, making numerous mistakes that have cost more lives and limbs than our country should have to endure. We can achieve victory and bring our men and women in uniform home if our leaders put politics aside and work together with the best military experts on a new strategy for success.