"The President's remarks reflect the Administration's apparently belated realization that the American people see the occupation of Iraq as a disastrous distraction that has made America less safe and diverted attention away from efforts to combat Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks. In addition, the Administration's refusal to negotiate with Iran is a signal that the President may be on the verge of making the same mistake in that country as he made in Iraq.
Ironically, the foreign policy of the Administration that pledged to make us safer after the tragedy of September 11 has resulted in an increase in the number of victims of terrorist attacks worldwide as well as the number of nuclear powers. With North Korea and Pakistan going nuclear on President Bush's watch, a new nuclear arms race has become more likely.
Platitudes are not planning. I urge the President to reconsider this disastrous foreign policy and seek a solution that is worthy of the trust of American troops and the American people."