Senators Snowe, Collins Issue Statements Regarding End of Iraq War

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Sen. Olympia Snowe

“After eight and a half years, the time has come for Iraqis to take over.  As a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I will continue to monitor the situation and press Administration officials to provide greater detail on the President’s plans to maintain what is an indispensable working partnership with the Iraqi government in this key strategic region.  But, protecting our men and women in uniform must be priority number one – and we simply cannot put troops in harm’s way without a rock-solid security agreement that includes immunity for our service members.”Like all Americans, I am inexpressibly proud of the monumental and heroic work our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have accomplished each and every day over the past eight and a half years.  At this moment we also solemnly reflect, with heavy hearts and unbounded gratitude, upon the unimaginable sacrifice of those brave Mainers and Americans who have lost their lives during this conflict, as well as all those who have been wounded and whose lives have been forever altered as they selflessly placed their nation’s call to duty above the tremendous risks they faced day in and day out.  All of our men and women in uniform, our fallen service members, and their families will forever remain in our hearts.”

Sen. Susan Collins:


“Given the failure of the Iraqi government to agree on a new status of forces agreement that would provide essential legal protections to U.S. troops, I believe the President has made the right decision in withdrawing our troops.”I have never supported an open-ended and unconditional commitment of U.S. troops in Iraq. However, I do remain concerned that many U.S. military officials have repeatedly said that they believe a residual force of U.S. troops might have to remain in order to continue training Iraqi troops to help ensure that the significant gains we have made there, at great cost to American blood and treasure, are not lost.”

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