Thursday, September 06, 2007
Blunt asks that "broad, objective" look be taken at Iraq
In a news release issued today, Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt suggested that a "broad, objective look needs to be taken at Iraq progress reports.
The news release reads:
"Next week, this Congress will hear a firsthand, detailed account of the progress our troops are making on the ground in Iraq -- and gain a better appreciation from Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker of the challenges that still exist.
"But the report delivered by Gen. Jones this afternoon is an important assessment in its own right, having demonstrated once again that real progress is being made in raising a reliable Iraqi army, and helping it assume a greater leadership role in its country. At the same time, the general's report reminds us that serious consequences would follow a precipitous withdrawal of support forces in the area -- consequences that would impact regional stability, personal safety, and long-term American security.
"As Congress continues to take in these reports and evaluate the merit of their recommendations, we owe it to our men and women fighting abroad to take a broad, objective look at the conditions in the field, the progress they continue to make, and the ways we can come together as an institution to help -- not hinder -- their continued success. Prejudging the Petraeus report and dismissing its analysis before it's even delivered to Congress is not the way to accomplish that, and I'm hopeful my Democratic colleagues will suspend their judgments until the general has had a chance to offer his testimony."