WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) has issued the following statement in response to the comments made by President George W. Bush on America’s involvement in Iraq:

“The war on terrorism is a very real global threat to our national security,” said Bono. “The remarks delivered by President Bush offer a detailed plan on how to move forward in Iraq; and I hope that the President’s call to increase the number of American troops will produce tangible results. For the safety of all Americans, victory in Iraq is our only option.

“I am grateful the President acknowledged that past strategies have failed to meet the expectations of the American people and a new strategy is needed. And I will closely follow the impact his new plan has on the situation in Iraq. Should the Democrats choose to rally against the President’s plan, I believe it is their responsibility to present their plan for achieving victory to the American people.

“Our troops continue to protect our interests and security all over the world; and I join the many Americans across our nation who pray for their safety.”