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Congresswoman Waters Comments on the 2,000th US Soldier to Die in Iraq
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) issued the following statement following the Associated Press report that the 2,000th US soldier has died while serving in Iraq. According the Associated Press, 2,000 US soldiers have died and more than 15,000 have been injured since the war began in March 2003.
"Today, we received distressing news: a US soldier, Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr., died today which brings the US death toll in Iraq to 2,000 soldiers. While I mourn the loss of every soldier, this milestone is yet another reminder that this war is unfolding in a dramatically different manner than described by the President, Vice-President and other Administration officials."
"The Bush Administration has not been straightforward with the American people about this war. Nearly everything that they told us about the war - the duration, the cost, the death toll, and its relation to the September 11th terrorist attacks have been wrong. They told us that this war would make us safer. However, our military is stretched thin, Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists and it has drained billions of dollars from our treasury that could be used to improve security here at home."
"Our soldiers have been paying the price for the Administration's misstatements. They have spent months away from their families and put their hopes and dreams on hold as they carry out their orders in Iraq. Tragically, 2,000 soldiers have paid the ultimate price. Unfortunately, this number will continue to grow."
"The President continues to suggest, as he did again today, that the situation in Iraq is getting better. However, the Administration's sunny reports fail to match the reality on the ground. Most independent experts describe a nation that is on the brink of civil war. I urge the President to stop rehashing the same old statements about progress in Iraq and tell the American people what specific steps need to be taken to secure Iraq and conclude our involvement in the war."
"The news of a fallen soldier is never easy to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have lost a loved one and I thank our soldiers for their service and their families for their sacrifice."
Congresswoman Waters is a Founder and Chair of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus. The Caucus was formed in June 2005 to provide a platform to debate the war in Iraq and to pressure the Administration into concluding the war as soon as possible. The Caucus has 69 members.