Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt is standing firmly behind President Bush's plan to increase the troop levels in Iraq. Blunt released the following statement Wednesday:
"President Bush clearly and plainly articulated that he understands the consequences of failure in Iraq when he spoke to the American people tonight. The president knows there is no silver bullet to make our mission there easier, but he is committed to a new, better strategy that will move us toward a stable Iraq. I support the new steps that the president outlined. It is not the responsibility of Members of Congress to dictate strategy to the Commander-in-Chief, who is ultimately responsible, along with the commanders on the ground, for implementing a winning strategy.
"I was pleased to hear the president repeat what he has told the Iraqi leaders: the Iraqis must be principally responsible for Iraq's future.