WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today attended a hearing on Iraq with testimony from Commanding General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker. Corker made the following remarks in reaction to the hearing.
"The surge has been successful from the standpoint of creating greater security, and now I think people want a sense of what the end is going to look like.
"Historically we find ourselves in a unique place where our military is performing exceptionally well and doing everything they've been asked to do and more, and yet we're dependent upon another government - that we have no control over - to do the things they need to do in order for us to be successful.
"I think there's a sense of frustration on both sides of the aisle, but at the same time there's a commitment to make sure we see this through in an appropriate and measured way. We must continue to pressure the Iraqi government as much as possible to do the things it needs to do and at the same time focus far more heavily on diplomacy in the region."
Corker first visited Iraq last February 2007 and made his second trip in August.