Pelosi: Administration's Admissions This Week Demonstrate that Bush's Iraq Policies Not Working and Necessitate New Direction in Iraq
Washington, D.C - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on news stories today on Iraq on a new Department of Defense report stating that 'some elements of the situation in Iraq are properly descriptive of a 'civil war'' and on reports that the Bush Administration is admitting that the Iraqi government will not meet benchmarks for progress in Iraq:
'The Bush Administration made two admissions this week that demonstrate that the President's Iraq policies are not working and necessitate the new direction that Democrats are proposing.
'The Pentagon's report acknowledges record levels of violence and civil war-like conditions. The President's response is to escalate our military involvement by sending more troops into harm's way, an approach tried on three previous occasions without success.
'Separately, Administration officials concede that Iraqi leaders will fail to meet their own benchmarks for progress on political reform and national reconciliation. The President's response is to provide more time to the Iraqi government with no accountability, while threatening to veto a bill the House Appropriations Committee is considering today that declares an end to the open-ended commitment by the United States to the war.
'The votes in the Appropriations Committee today, and on the House floor next week, offer a real choice: endorse the Bush policy of unending war in Iraq, or protect America's troops, honor those who have served, and set a new policy by setting a date certain for responsibly redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq.
'The American people want a change in Iraq; it is clear from the facts acknowledged by the Administration that the President's policies won't provide it.'