Former U.S. Senator and Vietnam Combat Veteran Max Cleland (D-GA) today endorsed the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, issuing the following statement:
Our soldiers have shown courage and valor in Iraq and they will continue to do the job as long as we ask them to. But after four years, how much more can we ask of our military? This war has weakened our military readiness, greatly increased the rolls of injured and disabled veterans and put our national security at risk.
This Administration’s irresponsible policies and bad judgment have placed our soldiers in the middle of a war with no end in sight.
We need a way forward and a new strategy for Iraq. The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act is that new strategy. This bill finally puts the necessary pressure on the Iraqis to meet security, political and economic benchmarks so our troops can begin to come home. And it increases our national commitment to our veterans, who deserve better from the Bush Administration.
Iraqis must take control of Iraq; the House should deliver that message this week.