Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C. after a trip to Jordan, Iraq and Israel in which he and his Democratic counterpart, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, U.S. Sen. John Warner, a Republican, faulted the government of Iraq for deteriorating conditions in that country and raised the possibility that American policy might be reevaluated if progress was not made. Sen. Warner is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
While he praised U.S. military efforts to maintain security in Iraq, Sen. Warner said that conditions in some parts of Iraq had worsened and that there was a lack of commitment to progress on the part of Iraqi leadership. Sen. Warner said that the U.S. may be at risk of losing the battle to secure Baghdad.
The Senator noted the view of U.S. commanders that American troop levels in that region could not be reduced in view of the security conditions they faced. He said that acknowledgment should be made of sectarian violence and heavy casualties to U.S. troops occurring there.
[Edited 2006-10-06 10:31:17]