After visiting Iraq earlier this month, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John Warner said the country is “drifting sideways” and several parts of Iraq have taken “steps backwards.” “In two or three months if this thing hasn’t come to fruition and this level of violence is not under control,” Warner said, “I think it’s a responsibility of our government to determine: Is there a change of course we should take?”
Today, Warner said he stands by his previous statements, and he added that “one week out” from his trip, there has been an “exponential increase in the killings and the savagery that’s going on over there.”
SCHIEFFER: Alright, let’s go quickly now to Iraq. You came back from Iraq, Senator Warner, and said we’re going “sideways” there. And if things don’t improve we’re going to have to rethink our policy. What does that mean?
WARNER: It means just exactly what that statement is, and I stand by it. you cannot see — you can see some movement forward, but a lot of movement back. As we are sitting here today, one week out of my trip there, the exponential increase in the killings and the savagery that’s going on over there.