Reid: Bush doesn't understand the need for 'urgent change' in Iraq

Published: Wednesday December 20, 2006
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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) issued a statement after the president's last press confence of the year, which blasted Bush for not understanding the need for "urgent change" in Iraq.

"It is heartening to see that President Bush has reversed his position, rejected the failed Rumsfeld doctrine, and heeded Democratic calls to increase the size of the military," Reid stated. "Unfortunately, it is troubling to see that he still does not understand the need for urgent change in Iraq."

"The President seems lost within his own rhetoric," Reid's statement continued. "He is grasping for a victory his current policies have put out of reach and leaving our troops stuck policing a civil war."

Reid added that "Democrats and the bipartisan Iraq Study Group have both laid down a roadmap for the President to begin the withdrawal of American troops from the civil war in Iraq," and that it's "now up to the President to follow that course."