WASHINGTON D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement following the President’s address to the nation:
“Tonight President Bush announced his plan to keep at least 130,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, demonstrating that he is trying to run out the clock on his failed strategy and leave the hard decisions to the next president.
“For months the American people, a bipartisan majority of Congress and countless military experts have called for a new way forward in Iraq, but the President has offered only a commitment to endless war that will continue to take American lives, deplete our treasury, and divert our focus from fighting an effective war on terrorism against Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda operatives.
“After almost five years, tonight was just more of the same. It’s not progress nor is it the strategy for success our troops deserve. And as long as President Bush keeps them in harm’s way without clear purpose or achievable goals, Democrats will keep fighting to responsibly end this war.”