Cornyn: Politics Won’t Rebuild Iraq, Fight Terror

In: All News   Posted 09/09/2003

Following a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the committee, made the following statement regarding critics of the administration, and the President’s supplemental funding request for rebuilding Iraq and fighting terror around the world:"There is something unsavory about recent comments by those who see political advantage in questioning our commitment to our troops and to winning the war on terror. Our global efforts against tyranny and terror are expensive, as we heard from the President on Sunday, and from the Pentagon at today’s hearing. But it would be far more costly—in many ways—to do nothing, to give up, or to fail."Even critics of the administration, and of the military success in Iraq, agree that the President’s funding request is needed to ensure that Iraq doesn’t fall back into chaos, and that the sacrifices of our brave men and women are not diminished. "The President is doing an excellent job leading the nation in unprecedented and extremely difficult times. I applaud his efforts, and those of his administration, to ensure that our successes in the region continue, and that the war is taken to terrorists around the world, wherever they hide.”At the hearing, Senators heard testimony for Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers. 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.