Pelosi Statement on Cheney Comments to AIPAC

March 12, 2007
Press Release

Washington, D.C - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on Vice President Cheney's remarks during a speech today to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC):

'It is a disservice to our military personnel for President Bush and Vice President Cheney to continue to advocate for an open-ended commitment in Iraq, while brushing aside the advice of military leaders and the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, all of whom argue that the war in Iraq cannot be resolved militarily but only through diplomatic, economic and political means.  As the Vice President's remarks today prove again, the Administration's answer to continuing violence in Iraq is more troops and more treasure from the American people.

'The House Appropriations Committee will consider a plan this week that will take Iraq policy in a new direction.  The bill will hold the Iraqi government to the President's own performance benchmarks, reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, honor our promises to our military personnel and veterans, and refocus our efforts on Afghanistan and fighting terrorism.'