Hunter Calls on Senator Reid to Step Down as Senate Majority Leader

Apr 24, 2007
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Republican Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today called for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to resign as Majority Leader following his controversial comments stating that the war in Iraq “is lost.”

“In commenting on ongoing operations in Iraq, you recently stated that ‘this war is lost.’ This unfortunate statement is both inaccurate and damaging,” opened Hunter in a letter to Reid.

“It can have no effect but to demoralize the brave men and women, who are honorably fulfilling their mission in Iraq, and to encourage our adversaries.  Even if you sincerely believe it to be true, your pronouncement of failure will undoubtedly be used by terrorist leaders to rally their followers – inevitably leading to increased attacks on U.S. and coalition forces,” Hunter continued.

“Currently, there are about 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.  When the reinforcement operation is at full strength, this number will stand at approximately 157,000.  How can anyone, including a United States Senator, possibly declare as a failure a reinforcement operation that is less than fifty percent complete?”

Hunter continued, “I’ve always considered you a friend, but my highest obligation is, like yours, owed to our forces in uniform, especially during this time of war.”

 “Given your position of leadership within the United States Government, I find your pronouncement of failure irresponsible and disserving to America’s armed forces.  In light of the fact that this statement has both been used by our adversaries and has exhibited a marked lack of leadership to U.S. troops, I call on you to resign your leadership position,” concluded Hunter.