WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX) issued the following statement regarding the Presidents plan in Iraq:

The time has long come for the Iraqi military to shoulder the responsibility in policing their country, said Poe. Additional US military forces must be used to regain and maintain control of previously secured areas to allow Iraqi forces to take control of policing their own country effectively. Shiite and Sunni militias must be dealt with equally and decisively to put an end to the violence and deter countries like Iran and Syria that are chopping at the bit to get in. I am encouraged by the Presidents pledge to work with Congress on developing strategy and a way forward to finishing the job and winning the war. The consequences of failure are far too great for anything less than a swift and lasting victory in Iraq.