At a press conference this afternoon, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Republican Duncan Hunter (R-CA) unveiled a pragmatic security plan that would allow for the successful transition of security operations in Iraq from U.S. to Iraqi troops.
Hunter opposes the plan recently proposed by House Democratic Leaders that would force a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and tie the hands of American military commanders. As a contrast, Hunter supports letting practical events and military commanders on the ground determine the details of when and how to hand off security responsibilities to Iraqis. To ensure a successful process, Hunter has proposed a plan to deploy Iraqi Army battalions into combat operations to ensure they are ready, willing, and capable to lead the fight, allowing American combat forces to leave.
Hunter returned yesterday from a fact-finding trip to Iraq where he met with top U.S. military commanders in Baghdad, Ramadi, and Fallujah. Hunter was also briefed by Iraqi Army and police officials.
For additional information and an electronic copy of the security plan, please contact Josh Holly at (202)226-3988.