Skelton appreciative of American military redeployment from Iraqi cities
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30, 2009) — Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the official redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities:
“The redeployment of American troops from Iraq’s cities is fulfilling our agreement with the Iraqi government, and I am convinced that it is the right move. It is up to the Iraqi government and military to maintain stability in that country. I have seen first-hand American soldiers training the Iraqi military, and I am hopeful that they are up to the task.
“I commend the Administration and our forces for the role they played in helping to secure a peaceful redeployment on schedule.
“Americans have done a good job quelling much of the violence, training the Iraqi military, and allowing the Iraqi government to get its house in order. I am hopeful it will succeed.
“Congress and the House Armed Services Committee will continue to monitor the operations in Iraq, while ensuring that our efforts in Afghanistan are successful. I look forward to working with my fellow Members of Congress, the Administration, and others to achieve a responsible redeployment as quickly as possible.”
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at http://www.house.gov/skelton.