Sep 10 2007

Shelby Delivers Statement on General Petraeus’ Testimony

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today delivered the following statement on the testimony of General David Petraeus to the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees: 

“The Congressional testimony today by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker confirmed what I saw first-hand in Iraq last month – the surge appears to be working and our troops’ morale remains high.  However, we must remember there are limits to what our military can do and I remain deeply concerned about the Iraqis meeting their responsibility.  I firmly believe the Iraqi government must do more to beef up its police force and military presence.  In the near term, while I remain open to supporting a reduction of forces, I continue to believe it should be the military commanders and not 535 Members of Congress that should make that recommendation.”