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Mr. President Don’t Send More Troops to Iraq

July 30, 2009
Press Release

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35) offered the following advice to President Bush as he tries to improve the failed situation that he has created in Iraq:

"Mr. President, just don't do it – do not send more of our men and women in uniform to Iraq.  Iraq is embroiled in civil war.  Our troops should not be sent into a hopeless situation that will likely result in injury or death for many of them."

"This war has already stretched our military thin.  Many experts, including some at the Pentagon, do not believe that the United States has the capacity to send more troops to Iraq without becoming vulnerable to other threats." 

"In addition, many experts do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq will accomplish anything.  Even General Abizaid, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, has suggested that more troops in Iraq is unnecessary.  One Defense official described the deployment of more troops to Iraq as ‘a double down' – we should never gamble with the lives of our troops.  Sending more troops to Iraq is not the solution; we cannot ask our brave men and women to fight – and perhaps die – for nothing."

"Mr. President, we should not put more troops in a country where militias are gaining influence and invoke their own style of justice.  Militia's run rampant in Iraq, kidnapping, torturing and killing scores of innocent Iraqis each day while at the same time seeking revenge against their historical rivals.  Moqtada al-Sadr's militia, al-Mahdi, is one of the worst offenders of this behavior.  Each day his militia, which is gaining new members all the time, seeks to expand his influence through gruesome methods.  We should not put our troops in the middle of a sectarian civil war."     

"The only way that the United States military can stabilize Iraq is by redeploying out of Iraq and allowing the Iraqis to assume more responsibility for the security in their country.  Mr. President, you must develop and implement a plan to conclude our involvement in Iraq immediately but without sending more troops to the civil war zone that Iraq has become."

Representative Maxine Waters is Chair of the 73-member ‘Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus.  The Caucus was founded in June 2005 to pressure the Bush Administration to conclude the Iraq war as soon as possible.