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Thursday, September 14, 2006

DEMOCRATS STAND READY TO PROJECT AMERICA'S POWER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Today, September 13, 2006, House Domocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and other House and Senate Democratic leaders joined former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski at a news conference today to call for a New Direction for Real Security.

Please see General Clark's comments below regarding Armed Forces and our Veterans.

General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO

"Democrats understand that the world is a dangerous place. Our nation is at war and we are here to speak up for a strong national security policy---one that keeps America safe at home; one that advances America's interests abroad; and one that takes care of the men and women who have volunteered to put their lives on the line for America. Our service members and their families have been given a very tough job to do in these times. They are doing their very best and we are proud of them and we admire them.

"But whether you agree or disagree with the President's decision to invade Iraq three and a half years ago, the facts are now indisputable. Some of these have already been sited by Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi, but here is another fact: There is no end in sight for this war under this Administration's policy. It is not only a distraction to the war on terror, it is feeding the war on terror, serving as a training ground for al Qaeda and a recruiting tool for would be terrorists.

"Here is another fact: the Army and the Marine Corps, the services that are bearing the brunt of the burden of fighting in Iraq, are being chewed up by the conflict. Not because they are not doing a great job and giving 100%, not because we don't have great leaders in the Armed Forces, but because they have been under-resourced by the Administration.

"In the latest readiness reporting, two-thirds of the Army's operating forces, active and reserve, are now unready to go to combat. And in the same reporting period, not one of the non-deployed, U.S.-based combat teams was ready to deploy. Both the Army and Marine Corps have suffered a serious loss of material---they are grinding up equipment at accelerated rates---and the money to repair and replace this equipment has simply not been provided. Our Armed Services have had to lower recruiting standards to keep with the need for manpower. Third and fourth combat tours are increasing the stress on families, and the medical and VA funding that has been provided is simply inadequate to meet the magnitude of the needs our our service members and their families when they return.

"So we are here today to call on the Republican-led Congress and the Administration to work with us, to face up to the needs of the Armed Forces, to establish the kind of multiyear reset accounts that are needed to rebuild the Army and the Marine Corps, and to provide the funding for the VA and the DOD that is required to take care of the lifetime medical and non-medical needs to our veterans when they come back from the war. We need to fully fund the request in Congress in 2007, and we need to go beyond that to look at the real requirements to strengthen our Armed Forces for the challenges they may face in the future."

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