Campaign 2010

Sep 25, 2006

NEW REPORT: Whalen’s “Stay the Course” Approach Makes Iowa Families Less Safe

DCCC Press

Sep 25, 2006

NEW REPORT: Whalen’s “Stay the Course” Approach Makes Iowa Families Less Safe

Mike Whalen: “Well, what I think what we have to do is stay the course.”

[Whalen remarks, Iowa Press 9/22/06]

George W. Bush: “…We will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course.”

[Bush remarks 7/11/06]

(Washington, D.C.) – Last Friday on Iowa Press, Mike Whalen restated his commitment to staying the course in Iraq and just two days later the National Intelligence Estimate confirms the war in Iraq is hurting our fight against terrorists. Not only does the Estimate find that the U.S. invasion of Iraq has made us less safe, but that the war has spurred a new generation of Islamic radicalism that has now spread across the globe. Now, with more than 2,700 Americans dead, tens of thousands injured and $8 billion a month spent in Iraq, President Bush and Mike Whalen have the same answer: ignore the experts and “stay the course.”

“President Bush and Mike Whalen’s stay-the-course approach to the Iraq war has not just made the war more difficult and more deadly for our troops, but has also made the war on terror more dangerous for every American. The last thing Iowa families need is another rubber stamp Republican who will blindly follow the dangerous agenda of the White House,” said Sarah Feinberg, press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

National Intelligence Estimate Says U.S. Less Safe From Terror After Iraq Invasion. According to the National Intelligence Estimate and a report published by the New York Times, top terror experts have found that the war in Iraq has made Americans less safe in the fight against terror and in fact, Islamic radicalism has spread across the globe. The NIE experts say that the invasion of Iraq has spurred “a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.” The NIE report attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism. The Estimate was completed in April and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. [New York Times, 9/24/06]

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