Lieberman & McCain Blast Democrats For Not Funding Troops
US Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CN) blasted the Democratic “Do Nothing” Congress for not funding the troops at war.
The Union-Leader has their joint statement to the Democratic Congress:
HAVING SPENT much of the past year mired in legislative trench warfare over Iraq, advocates in Congress seeking a mandatory withdrawal of troops are now refusing to pass funding for our forces deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
For Congress to fail to provide the funds needed by our soldiers in the field is inexcusable under any circumstances — but it is especially disappointing right now, coming at the very moment when Gen. David Petraeus and his troops are achieving the kind of progress in Iraq that few would have dared imagine possible just a few months ago.
We recently traveled to Iraq, where we saw and heard firsthand about the remarkable transformation that our brave men and women in uniform have succeeded in bringing about this year.
As every major news outlet now acknowledges, security has improved dramatically across Iraq since Gen. Petraeus took command and began implementing a bold new counterinsurgency strategy — the so-called “surge.” Today, rocket and mortar attacks have dropped to their lowest levels in 21 months. Car bombs and suicide attacks in Baghdad have plummeted 70 percent. Iraqi civilian casualties are sharply down throughout Iraq. And the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action has fallen for five straight months and is now at the lowest level in nearly two years.
Simply put: a year ago, al-Qaida was winning in Iraq. Now we are.
Democrats have fought against Iraqi Freedom every step of the way. Their latest tricks are really no different. It would be a shame, however, to give up on Iraq when we are winnning the war.
Hopefully, Democrats will see that giving Iraqis their freedom and democracy is worthwhile and will pass legislation to fund the American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan before they put our troops in further danger