Senate Democrats

Reid Statement on President Obama’s Iraq Plan

Washington,DCSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after President Obama announced a plan to draw down American forces inIraq, bringing combat brigades home by August 31, 2010, with training and advisory forces remaining through the end of 2011:

“President Obama and his bipartisan national security team are putting in place a sound and measured plan to draw down our forces in Iraq and transfer responsibility for Iraq’s future to the Iraqi people.

“I strongly believe that we must responsibly end the war in Iraqto makeAmericamore secure, and must keep inIraq only those forces necessary for the security of our remaining troops and the Iraqi people.  I look forward to further discussing this plan with the President and working with him to ensure we are doing what is best forAmerica’s security interests and ensuring our military remains the strongest fighting force in history.”