September 13, 2007

CRAPO: IRAQ DISCUSSIONS PROMISING BUT NEED REVIEW

Notes success in Iraq but care needed in bringing troops home safely

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement tonight concerning President Bush's address to the nation and testimony this week from General David Petraeus on future U.S. military operations in Iraq:

"I have reviewed the testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and am impressed with their fortitude under both political and personal attack from some who may have already prejudged the outcome of the surge.

"Their testimony was enlightening and shows some very encouraging signs that the security and political situation in Iraq may be turning a corner. With so many of our men and women in uniform bravely on the frontlines, we should take special care and consideration in fully reviewing the upcoming report and progress in meeting the goals of our mission there.

"I thought the President struck the right chord tonight with his speech. The President's plan forward recognizes the realities on the ground as well as the strains on our fighting forces. We all want our troops home as quickly as possible, but we must do this in a safe and orderly process that leaves the situation in Iraq as secure as we can make it and doesn't leave behind a launching point for terrorist attacks on us or our allies. I took special notice that the President mentioned 'a return on success' that shows a redoubled commitment is the surest path to more American troops coming home.

"Our men and women in uniform deserve to know that we in Congress are as strongly behind them as they are in fighting to protect our national security."

Crapo has not received a copy of General Petraeus' official report in its entirety and does not believe it appropriate to comment on the contents of the report until he has a chance to study them thoroughly.