Cornyn: Many Positive Developments In Iraq


In: All News   Posted 09/10/2003
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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement Wednesday regarding critics of the Bush administration, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq:"Our operation in Iraq has seen many positive developments. Coalition forces have arrested those who incite violence, confiscated thousands of weapons, pre-empted enemy activities, and denied sanctuary to former regime loyalists and other terrorist elements. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our troops, the Iraqi people today are no longer under the shadow of Saddam Hussein’s reign of tyranny. "Yet these many successes, spread across all fronts, have not quieted the constant critics. Given the recent rash of caustic sniping at the administration over our rebuilding efforts in Iraq, it is clear that campaign season politics, not real policy goals, are the motivations here. "Those who criticize the President’s handling of the war in Iraq for political gain, even while our brave men and women labor to secure and stabilize this fledgling nation, do nothing but dishonor themselves, our soldiers in the field, and the memories of all of those who sacrificed their lives opposing the bloodthirsty regime of Saddam Hussein. The men and women who put their lives on the line in support of freedom and security around the globe gain nothing from this partisan rhetoric. “I find something unsavory about comments of those who seek political advantage in questioning America’s commitment to our troops. Though they may score political points with partisans in the short term, such rhetoric won’t rebuild Iraq, liberate the oppressed, or do anything to destroy agents of terror. ”Cornyn joined eight Senate colleagues in early July for an Armed Services Committee trip to Iraq and the surrounding region. The delegation met with U.S. and Iraqi officials involved in the reconstruction effort. While there, Cornyn visited with Texas military personnel and received briefings from coalition forces and humanitarian organizations.