The War Is Not Lost
By Rep. Kay Granger Posted in War — Comments (32) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
the picture of a war lost as Senator Reid claimed last week. ”
A few weeks ago, Democrats told the Defense Department that they were “too busy” to schedule a bi-partisan Member briefing with General Petraeus on the status of operations in Iraq. In fact, the briefing, scheduled for this Wednesday, almost didn’t happen. When we have over 140,000 troops in Iraq and the situation in the country at its most critical, it’s hard to conceive of an issue more important.
Maybe the hesitation is that some don’t want to hear what General Petraeus, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, has to say.
Recently, General Petraeus has said in briefings that the surge is showing initial signs of success.
Read on . . .
In the seven weeks since the surge began, the number of weapons stockpiles we have found has doubled. More tips are coming in from Iraqis who want peace and stability to take hold in their country. Sunni leaders are turning against al Qaeda and the Iraqi troops are standing up. In fact, just last week, the Iraqi troops took charge of security in the southern province of Maysan, the fourth province to come under full Iraqi security patrol.
Our troops are also committed to the mission and need to know they have the full support of Congress behind them to finish the job. Our troops know better than anyone the progress that is being made because they are responsible for it.
Last week, a Marine Corps infantry battalion returned to their home base in Hawaii from seven months in an area of Al Anbar Province known as “The Triad.” When the battalion arrived in Iraq, the enemy they faced averaged thirteen attacks on the civilian populace per day. There was no functioning government and local Iraqi leaders were in hiding. By the time they turned over the Triad to a fellow Marine battalion seven months later, enemy attacks had been reduced to less than one per day and the Iraqi mayor had begun several much needed re-construction projects. Children had returned to school and families could shop. The cities of the Triad now have water and food and the people wave to both Iraqi and American troops on patrol. The police force is expanding by the day.
This is not the picture of a war lost, as Senator Reid claimed last week.
I encourage all Members from both sides of the aisle to attend this week’s bi-partisan briefing to learn how the situation is progressing and areas where it’s not. America and her troops are committed in Iraq and the only acceptable outcome in our eyes should be that of success and stability. We owe it to our troops, to the Iraqis and to this country to see Iraq through to success. As we know well by now, the consequences of a premature withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous to the region and would also likely increase our commitment to that area of the world indefinitely.