Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2008  
Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Urges Senate Passage of Bill to Begin Redeployment of U.S. Troops from Iraq  

 

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today spoke on the Senate floor to urge passage of legislation she is cosponsoring with Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) that would require the President to begin the safe redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq within 120 days.  The bill would allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq for missions against al Qaeda, force protection, and training, and does not set an end date for redeployment.  

Boxer argued that the President's refusal to change the mission in Iraq is costing America dearly in terms of life and treasure, and stretching our military to the breaking point.

Excerpts of Senator Boxer's remarks on the Senate floor follow:

"Senator Feingold is proposing a policy for us that is common sense and consistent with our national security… The war in Iraq has not made us safer, it has made us vulnerable.  The war in Iraq has not reduced the influence of al Qaeda… Unfortunately, it has been seen as one of the best recruiting tools of al Qaeda.  We are in a quagmire in Iraq, and we're told that Iraq is proving to be a critical recruitment and fundraising tool for the terrorists that we want to beat."

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"The military did every single thing that was asked of them.... There is no end in sight.  What kind of Administration comes forward with a war and has no way out?"

"We have lost so many of these brave men and women.  So many are coming home who will never be the same… How many will die in addition to those who have already died?  How many will be wounded?  There are no answers.  Will we spend $1 trillion?  Will we spend $2 trillion?  Will we spend $3 trillion?  No answer.  Well, the toll is too high already.  Thousands dead, tens of thousands injured, $10 billion a month for Iraq." 

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"We see the toll on our military… Our own military leaders tell us time and time again, there is no military solution… The Iraqi government is just making changes around the edges.  We have trained 440,000 Iraqis militarily… Why can't they defend themselves?  We have given so much in blood, in tears, in sweat, in dollars, in commitment, in trust."

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"Let's start telling the Iraqis by our actions, not just our words, that they have to step up to the plate.  We have to make a choice as a nation.  Is it time for America?  Is it time for our families, for our soldiers, for our children, for our grandchildren?  Or is it time to continue this open-ended commitment to a war without an end?  I say it is time for a change in America.  It is time to vote for the Feingold bill and start bringing our troops home."

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