Today the bipartisan Iraq Study Group (ISG) released The Iraq Study Group Report: A Way Forward – A New Approach. The ISG called for increased diplomatic outreach in the Middle East, for Iraqis to take responsibility for the security of their country, and the responsible redeployment of our troops from Iraq. These recommendations validate positions that U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) has held for some time.
“The Iraq Study Group’s report supports many things I have said previously: that 'stay the course' is not an option, that the Iraqis must take responsibility for their country, and that regional diplomacy and a political solution are our only real options in Iraq,” Smith said. “I hope the President listens to the bipartisan, highly qualified members of the Iraq Study Group and move past his refusal to listen to informed, credible voices in Congress.”
Smith is encouraged that the ISG specifically validated a key position of his regarding the proper use of U.S. troops going forward.
“I have advocated for months that our troops should be redeployed over a fairly rapid period of time and shift from combat duty to training and support for the Iraqi military. The ISG confirms this, and I hope the President will take this opportunity to implement a real course correction in Iraq.”
Smith also expressed his eagerness to examine the ISG’s recommendations in the Armed Services Committee in the 110th Congress under incoming-Chairman Ike Skelton (MO-04).
Smith is a key Democratic voice in Congress:
- Smith is the only Democrat serving concurrently on the House Armed Services and the House International Relations Committees. This dual assignment provides him a unique perspective on the military and diplomatic issues in Iraq and around the world.
- Smith is also the co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, which is expected to grow to 60+ members in the 110th Congress. New Democrats have built a reputation as the "go-to" group in Congress on the critical issues of economic growth, national security, personal responsibility, and technology development.
The Iraq Study Group’s recommendations are available at http://www.usip.org/isg/iraq_study_group_report/report/1206/iraq_study_group_report.pdf