Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after President Obama’s announcement that the United States will deploy a limited number of military advisers to Iraq for a non-combat training mission:
“What is going on in Iraq right now is an Iraqi civil war and is ultimately something Iraqis must resolve for themselves. But to help Iraqis contain the current violence and protect our national security interests, I support President Obama’s decision to deploy a very limited number of advisers to Iraq for a non-combat training mission. This decision gives America the flexibility to take precise action against threats to our national security and keeps Iraqi authorities accountable for maintaining the security of their own country.
“I want to be clear that I believe any U.S. role in Iraq must remain sharply limited in scope. We should not be spending another trillion dollars there when we could be creating jobs rebuilding our roads, bridges and schools here at home. Moving forward, it is incumbent upon Iraq’s leaders – Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd – to step up and find a responsible, inclusive, and peaceful way to end the bloodshed and regain the trust of their people.”