Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Skelton: Iraq Leaves U.S. Vulnerable

Rep. Ike Skelton said the ongoing war in Iraq is distracting the U.S. military from other potential enemies in the world, according to
"Protecting this nation from direct attack is job one. Yet our allocation of forces does not match this imperative,” Skelton said. “Iraq is also preventing us from effectively preparing for the next conflict.”
From CQ:
Skelton chastised the administration for failing to have an exit strategy for Iraq and for failing to place enough pressure on the Iraqi government to force them to progress on political reconciliation.
“In my view, that sense of urgency will only come when we take the training wheels off and let the Iraqis begin to stand on their own. While we hold them up, there is no real incentive for them to find their balance,” he said.
Rep. Roy Blunt is also quoted in the story saying that Congress should consider limiting future reconstruction aid for Iraq.
“We’re at the point now where the idea is worth exploring, the idea of transferring the economic responsibility to the Iraqis, just as we are transferring security responsibilities,’’ Blunt said.

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