Kingston Responds To President Bush's Iraq Speech
Washington, Jan 11, 2007 -
Washington – U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement in reaction to President Bush’s prime-time speech on Iraq:
“Last night’s address was substantive. I’m glad the President has addressed the nation on the issue which is foremost on the minds of our divided citizens,” Kingston stated. “While progress has been made we would all like to see more progress and have updated measurements of forward motion. It is significant that out of 18 provinces, 14 are relatively stable with limited violence. And since 80% of the violence is within a 30 mile radius of Baghdad, clearly therein lays the key to success. So to focus more troop strength in that region is logical.”
“While I’m not ready to lend full support to the President’s plan, I am convinced we all need to learn more. I look forward to additional information and hearings in the weeks to come,” Kingston continued. “I’m particularly mindful that additional troops and acceleration will directly affect the Second and Third Brigades of the 3rd ID. These troops have done well but we need to be sure that this won’t lead to longer deployments and less training.”
“For those who don’t like the President’s plan, the election is over and now is the time to stop the rhetoric and explain your policy,” Kingston concluded.