Dean: Jones Report Shows We Need to Change Course In Iraq

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement in response to Gen. James Jones ' report on the situation in Iraq released today in conjunction with his testimony before committees in the Senate and House of Representatives:

"General Jones' report on the weak state of Iraqi security forces is one more sign that President Bush 's strategy in Iraq is not working. Our brave men and women in uniform have done everything we've asked of them, but only the Iraqis themselves can achieve the political progress necessary to sustain peace.

"While Democrats are eager to hear from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker next week, there are clear signs coming out of Iraq that political reconciliation is not occurring. President Bush and his Republican allies want to cherry-pick the facts, but the way forward is clear. It's long past time to change course in Iraq ."

SOURCE Democratic National Committee