May 23, 2019
Letter

Troop surge worked

I am writing to encourage our Sens. Collins and Snowe to co-sponsor and vote for Senate Resolution 636, which recognizes the strategic success of the troop surge in Iraq and expresses gratitude to members of our military for making that success happen.

The counterinsurgency strategy and troop buildup implemented by our troops in Iraq under the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, Gen. Raymond Odierno and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have dramatically turned around the strategic situation in that country. What began as military progress has since been translated into political progress, which was made particularly clear in early October when Iraq approved its local elections law.

The strategic success of the surge is clear and it is about time that Congress officially recognizes our troops’ accomplishment. I feel that Sen. Collins would support this measure.

Jesse Reed

Castine


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