Mitt Romney on the "Surge" and its Aftermath
How Romney Sees The Transition
By Dan McLaughlin Posted in 2008 — Comments (22) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Green Mountain Politics just emailed this short YouTube clip (audio only) of Mitt Romney talking this morning on the radio in New Hampshire about drawing down U.S. troop presence in Iraq if General Petraeus reports in September that the "surge" (and the broader strategy of which it is a part) is working. I'll let you listen and draw your own conclusions.
UPDATE: The Romney campaign emails:
Governor Romney has always maintained that success in Iraq is the best way to bring our troops home safely, just as President Bush has long maintained that as Iraqi troops stand up, our troops will stand down. A couple of relevant instances:
President Bush: "The Best Way To Start Bringing These Good Men And Women Home Is To Make Sure The Surge Succeeds." THE PRESIDENT: "Most Americans want to see two things in Iraq : They want to see our troops succeed, and they want to see our troops begin to come home. We can do both, and we will. Our troops in Iraq are serving bravely. They're making great sacrifices. Changing the conditions in Iraq is difficult, and it can be done. The best way to start bringing these good men and women home is to make sure the surge succeeds." (President George W. Bush, Weekly Radio Address, 7/14/07)
President Bush: "In my address to the nation in January, I put it this way: If we increase our support at this crucial moment we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home." (President George W. Bush, Press Conference, Washington , D.C. , 7/12/07)