PI Original Josh Kalven Thursday May 1st, 2008, 11:58am

Scott Harper: It's Time To "Start Phasing Out Our Presence" In Iraq

Here's 13th District congressional candidate Scott Harper's statement on the "Mission Accomplished" anniversary:

“President Bush and his allies in Congress like Judy Biggert have botched this war from the beginning,” said Harper. “Five years after the ...

Here's 13th District congressional candidate Scott Harper's statement on the "Mission Accomplished" anniversary:

“President Bush and his allies in Congress like Judy Biggert have botched this war from the beginning,” said Harper. “Five years after the President declared major combat over, the war in Iraq continues to take a grave toll on our troops and their families, our military readiness, the fight against terrorism, our standing in the world and on the American economy."

“We’ve lost thousands of our finest young men and women since President Bush declared major combat ended,” said Harper. “And instead of demanding timetables and accountability to get us out of Iraq, Judy Biggert has given George Bush a $500 billion blank check to wage this war.”

“We need a new direction in Iraq to start phasing out our presence and withdrawing our troops so that the Iraqi government takes responsibility for themselves,” said Harper. “And we need benchmarks and accountability to ensure progress is being made there.”

“Maybe George Bush and Judy Biggert think the mission in Iraq has been accomplished but I don’t think the American people do,” said Harper.

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