Last week, the President announced his decision to escalate our involvement in Iraq despite strong objections from military leaders, many Republicans, and the American people.

Like the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, I support a phased withdrawal of our troops so the Iraqi's can begin governing and protecting themselves. The President was right to say the situation in Iraq is unacceptable. The ongoing civil war there can no longer be solved militarily. I urge him to rapidly seek a political solution so American troops can begin to come home as soon as possible.