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Reid, Pelosi Issue Statements On ISG Report

Press releases from our great leaders in Congress. First "Pinky" Reid’s:

Reid: The Iraq Study Group Makes Clear the President Must Change Course in Iraq

12/6/2006 11:38:00 AM

To: National Desk

Contact: Jim Manley of the Office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, 202-224-2939

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today released the following statement on the new report by the Iraq Study Group.

"The Iraq Study Group has done a tremendous and historic service to the American people and to the troops serving in harm’s way in Iraq. Their report underscores the message the American people sent one month ago: there must be change in Iraq, and there is no time to lose. It is time for the Iraqis to build and secure their nation, and it is time for American combat troops to be redeployed.

"Each day the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Nominee Robert Gates said ‘we’re not winning.’ Today, the Iraq Study Group said Iraq is ‘grave and deteriorating.’ Like the Iraq Study Group, I urge the President to change course. He will find Congress ready and willing to work with him. The Senate will do its part next year and conduct strong oversight to ensure the President carries out an effective change in policy. Our troops in Iraq, including hundreds of Nevadans, have sacrificed so much. It is time for President Bush to reward their effort by bringing the country together around a new way forward."

And from that other military genius, Nancy Pelosi:

Pelosi Statement on Iraq Study Group Report

12/6/2006 11:34:00 AM

To: National Desk

Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ — Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning on the report issued today by the Iraq Study Group:

"The bipartisan Iraq Study Group has concluded that the President’s Iraq policy has failed and must be changed. As the November elections clearly demonstrated, that is an assessment shared by the American people.

"Months ago, House and Senate Democratic leaders suggested to the President that he implement one of the Study Group’s chief recommendations – to change the primary mission of U.S. troops in Iraq from combat to training and support, which would enable the redeployment of U.S. forces to begin. Now that the Study Group has endorsed this proposal, I hope that the President will recognize that he must take our policy in Iraq in a new direction.

"If the President is serious about the need for change in Iraq, he will find Democrats ready to work with him in a bipartisan fashion to find a way to end the war as quickly as possible. We are committed to ensuring that the ideas of the Iraq Study Group, as well as the ideas of other thoughtful people inside and outside of government, are given full consideration in that process."

When did they have time to read the report?

Just kidding. We know they can’t be bothered with such petty details.

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