Bill Richardson Calls For Congressional Fortitude on Iraq
With reports that President George W. Bush will request an additional $50 million in funding for the war in Iraq, Bill Richardson issued the following statement:
"The only appropriation Congress should pass for this war is funding for a safe and quick withdrawal. This Congress was elected to end the war in Iraq. They need to stand up to President Bush and do the job. This is an issue where leadership means no compromises. It took us too many years and far too many lives to end the war in Vietnam, and we cannot repeat that mistake.In other words, deauthorize the war and get all of the troops out ASAP. No compromises, no games, straight to the point.
"Congress should use every power at its disposal to end this war, including de-authorization and refusing to fund the war beyond what is necessary for the safe redeployment of our troops.
"George Bush should show less concern about his legacy and pay more attention to the lives of our men and women in harm’s way. The best way to support our troops is to get them all out of Iraq as soon as it can safely be accomplished.
"This administration miscalculated the intelligence before the war, mismanaged the war itself, bungled the surge, and now has the audacity to ask Congress for more funding to continue this tragic misadventure. The answer should be a resounding no." [emphasis mine]