Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Senator Corzine response to Bush Speech of 28 June on Iraq

Press Release of Senator Corzine

Corzine Statement on Bush Speech Marking the First
Anniversary of Iraqi Sovereignty

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ)
tonight released the following statement regarding
President George W. Bush’s remarks in Fort Bragg, NC.
Bush’s speech marked the first anniversary of Iraqi
sovereignty after the American-led invasion that
toppled Saddam Hussein in the spring of 2003.

“The president failed to give the American people and
our troops the specific plan for success they deserve.
He appropriately offered a more sober assessment of
the war than Vice President Cheney and others in his
Administration. But he provided no new information
about how the insurgency will be defeated, how many
U.S. troops will eventually be deployed or how much it
will cost.

“We must prevail. Contrary to what the Administration
told us before the war, Iraq was not a central front
in the War on Terrorism. But it is now. The president
has much more work to do to overcome the concerns of
the American people. We need a realistic but clear
plan, including measurable benchmarks with regard to
Iraqi political progress, the training of Iraqi troops
and Iraq’s economic reconstruction. And most
importantly, we need assurances that our troops have
all the equipment and resources they need.”


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