WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., hopes that the Iraq Study Group report released Wednesday will help to spur a new direction in Iraq.
"We are not winning the war in Iraq. The President’s choice for Defense Secretary said so quite plainly. Despite the brave efforts of our troops, they are caught in the crossfire on a civil war that the Administration’s political efforts have failed to stop. The Iraq Study Group report makes clear that there is no magic wand to bring peace and stability to the volatile Middle East. As the Iraq Study Group explains, the status quo will serve only to widen the chasm between Sunnis and Shiites, increase the dangers facing our troops, and risk greater instability throughout the Middle East. We must have a new direction in Iraq. This report, coupled with a new Secretary of Defense and a new Congressional majority willing to ask the tough questions and hold leaders accountable, can help to change the course in Iraq."
WASHINGTON - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today made the following statement after the release of the Iraq Study Group (ISG) report:
"Like all West Virginians, I welcome the ISG report and the commission's efforts to bring fresh ideas to a difficult solution. The report provides thoughtful options from a distinguished bipartisan panel that I hope will help us renew our approach to improving conditions in Iraq so that we can begin to bring our troops home.
"We now have the opportunity to build on the bipartisan effort of the ISG in order for all parties involved - the Congress and the White House; Republicans and Democrats - to reach consensus on how to move forward in a constructive manner that helps the Iraqis improve their security and stabilize the region."
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) issued the following statement upon release of the Iraq Study Group Report:
"The findings of the Iraq Study Group will only add to the din of voices calling for what we all want to see -- our troops home sooner rather than later," Rahall said. "Like the recommendation of the Study Group, I do not advocate a strict timetable for withdrawal because it needs to be done in a way that protects our troops. We do, however, need to work with regional powers to figure out a way of getting out of this mess and we need to do it now. As the Iraq Study Group mentioned, the longer we wait, the less likely these recommendations will be able to affect change. I look forward to working with my Congressional colleagues in the future to implement these important initiatives in a bi-partisan approach."