McMorris Rodgers’ Statement on the Report by General Patraeus and Ambassador Crocker

(Washington, D.C.)  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement today regarding the testimony by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Iraq:

“General Patraeus and Ambassador Crocker gave a fair and honest assessment today of the current situation in Iraq. While certain military objectives have been met and progress made, they also point out that success has been uneven and will be neither quick nor easy.

“I am pleased that General Patraeus recognizes the desire we all have to bring our troops home. The key is to be able to do this from a position of strength and success, not failure. Rapidly withdrawing our troops at this point would have devastating consequences and make a difficult situation worse. It would create a humanitarian crisis, embolden Al-Qaeda and terrorists groups and create instability throughout the Middle East.

“We must continue to build upon what we have achieved in Iraq. It is especially encouraging to hear progress being made at the local level, with tribal leaders rejecting Al-Qaeda. Having the participation and support of local citizens will be critical to our success. However, the lack of political progress at the national level remains troubling. The Iraqis’ must step up to the plate and prove that they can maintain a stable and functional government- only they can achieve this goal.

“I hope the testimony today will encourage members of both parties to take a thoughtful and objective look at Iraq and determine the best way to move forward together. Today is also an opportunity to recognize the sacrifice and achievements of our men and women who are serving our country in Iraq. They have stepped up and done the job we have asked of them. I thank them for their continued dedication to protecting freedom here and around the world.”

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