WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer issued the following statement today in response to the release of the Administration's National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq:
"Today, the Administration released its long overdue National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. The NIE states what many of us have been saying about the deteriorating situation in Iraq and the reality we confront.
"This report suggests to me once again that while there is absolutely no easy way to stabilize Iraq, it remains clear that a political solution is the only option. In my view, an important vehicle for reaching that solution is a more comprehensive, sustained multilateral effort. Put simply, we need a diplomatic surge, not a military one. We should be engaging Iraq 's neighbors, bilaterally and multilaterally, in our effort to advance peace and security.
"The report also makes clear that the Iraqi leadership must step up and make the difficult changes, without which Iraq will simply continue to descend into chaos."