Berry Encouraged by Recommendations of Bipartisan Iraq Study Group

DECEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:39 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - First District Congressman Marion Berry says he's encouraged after reviewing the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.  The report provides the most extensive independent assessment of the Iraq conflict since the U.S. became involved in 2003, outlining 79 recommendations for reducing U.S. troop presence and transferring power to Iraqi forces.

"Now is the time for President Bush to dramatically change his Iraq policy and provide the American people with a new direction," said Berry.  "I am encouraged by the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and hope they serve as a blueprint for a new military stragety in Iraq."

The group concluded conditions in Iraq are "grave and deteriorating," calling on the U.S. to work with other leaders in the region on a strategy for stability in Iraq.