Pryor: Press Iraq to Govern so U.S. can Draw Down Troops

OCTOBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor has returned from a three-day visit to Iraq.  Pryor says he is eager to see the fledgling Iraqi government take over its own affairs.

Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, says the Iraq debate in Washington is usually framed in absolute terms...cut and run or stay the course.

But Pryor says it is time to move on to the next in which Iraqis take on more responsibility.  Pryor says that if it looks like U.S. troops will stay forever, Iraq will have no incentive to get the government organized.

Pryor says the Iraqi government needs to get the message that, "we're not going to hang around for their civil war."

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