Tauscher off to Iraq, again

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, left today for another trip to Iraq as the leader of a bipartisan congressional delegation and the chairwoman of the House Strategic Forces sub-committee of the Armed Services Committee.

She is joined by reps. Jim Moran, D-Virginia and Jon Porter, R-Nevada.

The delegation will meet with U.S troops and commanders, U.S. and Iraqi officials and members of the Iraqi Parliament.

Prior to her departure, Tauscher issued the following statement in a press release:

“In less than a month General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker will report to Congress on what if any progress has been made by the Bush administration’s troop surge policy. I am traveling to Iraq ahead of this report so that my colleagues and I can get a first-hand view of our troop status as well as the political environment in Iraq.

“Anyone familiar with the bravery and efficiency of the United States military could predict that a surge of twenty thousand troops would increase security for a period of time; a military strategy alone isn’t a wise or sustainable policy.

“I’m going to Iraq to look for any signs of a political surge – signs that the Iraqi Parliament and military are ready to take control of their own future. Only when we see these signs can we be fully confident that any real and lasting progress has been made toward stabilizing Iraq.”

Lisa Vorderbrueggen