WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama announced plans to end the war in Iraq and withdraw combat troops over the next 18 months:
“Today President Obama gave an important speech describing – in his own words – ‘how the war in Iraq will end.’ I commend the President for taking time to carefully review the situation in Iraq, and develop a new strategy in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, his national security advisor, and our commanders on the ground.
“The President’s strategy represents a responsible plan to ensure our nation’s security, draw down our troops in a manner that will ensure their safety and shift responsibility to where it rightly belongs – with Iraqi Security Forces. I’m pleased that the President also expressed his commitment to engaging the entire region as we reduce our footprint in Iraq. We must work with Iraq’s neighbors and encourage their contributions to ensure Iraq’s stability and success during and beyond this period of reployment.
“I look forward to working with the Administration as they move forward and implement this plan.”