Statement of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) President Bush’s Address on the War in Iraq

Posted on January 10, 2007

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement tonight after President Bush’s speech on the war in Iraq: “Sending 20,000 more American troops into Iraq to try to stop sectarian violence is not by itself new or a strategy for success. If the President is finally putting Iraqi forces in the lead and American forces in support, this is different – and should allow us to start bringing troops home sooner. The United States will be in Iraq for a long time, but it ought to be in a limited, supporting role. At this point, that's the best way to defend United States interests and honor the sacrifices of the hundreds of thousands who have fought for us.”