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Rep. Kind Statement on Five Year Anniversary of the War in Iraq

March 19, 2008
Press Release

Washington, D.C. ––Today, March 19, 2008, marks the five-year anniversary of President Bush deploying American soldiers to Iraq. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today made the following statement:

“When the Bush Administration first began this war, they predicted it would last less than six months and cost less than $60 billion dollars. Five years, nearly a trillion dollars, and almost 4,000 precious American lives later – this misguided and poorly managed war has cost America more than it has to give.

“Our men and women in uniform represent the best America has to offer. They have done all that we’ve asked of them and more, and performed valiantly in difficult and dangerous situations. Unfortunately, it has now come to the point where we are asking them to solve a political situation that can only be solved by the Iraqis themselves.

“That is why I remain committed to a responsible redeployment of our troops from Iraq, and will continue to demand accountability from the Iraqi government and our own. It is long past time that the Iraqis take full responsibility for their country, and make the tough political compromises vital to achieving peace in Iraq.

“I am concerned, however, that the Bush Administration and many members of Congress fail to recognize that no amount of American lives, money, or time can ever guarantee that Iraqis will achieve the necessary political reconciliation. That is why I believe we must push Iraqi security forces to the forefront with a clear plan and timeline to begin drawing down our troops and redeploying them out of country. The United States cannot continue babysitting that nation forever.

“But above all, on this solemn anniversary, my thoughts and prayers are with our brave troops and their families – whether they are serving overseas, here at home, or with us in spirit. They have, and will remain, my primary focus as we fight here in Congress to craft a new direction in Iraq.”