Sen. Sununu on General Petraeus / Ambassador Crocker testimonies
General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker returned from Iraq to testify to the relevant Senate subcommittees. Senator Sununu, R-NH, had the following statement:
SUNUNU STATEMENT ON PETRAEUS, CROCKER TESTIMONY
WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator John Sununu (R-NH) today (4/8) released the following statement regarding the testimony of General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on the Iraq War before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
“No American should serve a day longer in Iraq than is absolutely necessary, but an immediate withdrawal of all coalition forces would leave behind an unstable and dangerous environment.
“Over the past year, our men and women serving in Iraq have performed bravely and exceeded every expectation. Security has improved significantly, the Iraqi military has taken on greater responsibilities, and the government has enacted vital legislation for debaathification, reconstruction, and sharing power among the different regions.
“General Petraeus has provided outstanding leadership throughout this time, placing us on a path to bring home 30,000 soldiers and working with Ambassador Crocker to press Iraqi political leaders for more progress.
“Now, we need to let General Patraeus and his commanders on the ground finish the job. They should be given the chance to evaluate the situation, set goals for bringing home the rest of our troops safely, and leave behind a more secure region.”