ALEXANDER STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENT’S IRAQ SPEECH

Posted on September 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made this statement tonight following President Bush’s remarks to the nation: “The President described a clearer and more realistic path ahead, with troops coming out instead of going in, but he didn't go as far along that path as our country could and should go and still honorably finish the job in Iraq. The President’s most important statement was that under the Petraeus plan, in December, we will begin to change our military mission from combat to supporting, equipping and training Iraqi troops and focus the remaining troops on counterterrorism. This is also the major recommendation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. The best way for our country to speak with one voice on Iraq, as the President asked, would be for the President and Congress to support the legislation offered by 76 of us, Democrats and Republicans, to follow the Iraq Study Group recommendations.”