Sen Dodd Statement on White House Report on Iraq

WASHINGTON - Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd released the following statement in response to the White House report on Iraq.

"It is clear that George W. Bush is blinded by his own rose colored glasses. The nation would be better served if he took them off and faced the harsh light of the reality he has created. This war has made us less secure, more isolated and more vulnerable than before. As he has focused the resources of the nation on Iraq, expending more than $450 billion on a failed policy, Al Qaeda is reportedly rebuilding strength. As he has placed our faith in the Iraqi government, Iraqi officials continue to fail to meet the most basic of benchmarks of progress. As we faced the bloodiest months of the war and have lost over 3,600 of our young men and women, he continues to call for more of the same.

"It is clear that the President is not going to change course and half-measures are not going to force him to do so. That is why I will continue to fight for a firm deadline for redeployment that is tied to funding and accountability measures on the administration to ensure we end our involvement in this costly civil war. I hope my colleagues will join me in doing what needs to be done to restore the security of our nation."