Reid and Pelosi weigh in on Bush’s speech

Got an email with Harry Reid’s statement:

“Tonight President Bush announced his plan to keep at least 130,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, demonstrating that he is trying to run out the clock on his failed strategy and leave the hard decisions to the next president.

“For months the American people, a bipartisan majority of Congress and countless military experts have called for a new way forward in Iraq, but the President has offered only a commitment to endless war that will continue to take American lives, deplete our treasury, and divert our focus from fighting an effective war on terrorism against Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda operatives.

“After almost five years, tonight was just more of the same. It’s not progress nor is it the strategy for success our troops deserve. And as long as President Bush keeps them in harm’s way without clear purpose or achievable goals, Democrats will keep fighting to responsibly end this war.”

The Speaker posted her statement at The Gavel:

Tonight, President Bush outlined a status quo strategy that leaves at least 130,000 American soldiers in harm’s way as part of a 10-year occupation of Iraq.

The American people reject the President’s call for an ‘enduring relationship’ with Iraq that is based on leaving our troops in the middle of a deadly civil war for at least 10 years. The President failed to answer how maintaining 130,000 soldiers in Iraq would strengthen our military, make us safer, or how he would pay for its additional $700 billion cost.

In the fifth year of war, after more than 3,700 brave Americans have lost their lives, it is unconscionable to ask additional sacrifices of our military while Iraqi politicians refuse to make the political progress necessary to end sectarian violence. The choice is between a Democratic plan for responsible redeployment and the President’s plan for a 10-year war in Iraq.

John McCain was on Larry King Live….he’s gung ho on the “Iraq is a success” bandwagon. Wow. he’s scarily deranged. Keep in mind that McCain is leading the pro-Bush, stay the course GOP contingent on Capitol Hill.

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