Pelosi: 'Wolfowitz Has Obligation to Know War's Personal Costs'

Apr 30, 2004, 01:00 ET from Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
 released the following statement today on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
 Wolfowitz's estimate that 500 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq -- the
 accurate number is 722:
 
     "It is appalling that the Deputy Secretary of Defense does not know how
 many American soldiers have been killed in Iraq.  His casually inaccurate
 estimate was disrespectful of those who have died, those who loved them, and
 those who continue to serve.
     "Our country grieves for each brave man and woman we have lost, and prays
 for the thousands more who have been wounded.  Officials in charge of Iraq
 policy have an obligation to know its personal costs.
     "The fact that Secretary Wolfowitz, one of the chief advocates for the
 war, does not bother to keep track of how many of our men and women have given
 their lives in Iraq shows just how out of touch this Administration is.
     "One year ago, the President declared 'Mission Accomplished' when the
 mission was nowhere near accomplished.  The Bush Administration did not know
 what it was getting into in Iraq, and one year later, it is clear that it has
 no realistic plan to truly accomplish the mission."
 
 

SOURCE Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
 released the following statement today on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
 Wolfowitz's estimate that 500 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq -- the
 accurate number is 722:
 
     "It is appalling that the Deputy Secretary of Defense does not know how
 many American soldiers have been killed in Iraq.  His casually inaccurate
 estimate was disrespectful of those who have died, those who loved them, and
 those who continue to serve.
     "Our country grieves for each brave man and woman we have lost, and prays
 for the thousands more who have been wounded.  Officials in charge of Iraq
 policy have an obligation to know its personal costs.
     "The fact that Secretary Wolfowitz, one of the chief advocates for the
 war, does not bother to keep track of how many of our men and women have given
 their lives in Iraq shows just how out of touch this Administration is.
     "One year ago, the President declared 'Mission Accomplished' when the
 mission was nowhere near accomplished.  The Bush Administration did not know
 what it was getting into in Iraq, and one year later, it is clear that it has
 no realistic plan to truly accomplish the mission."
 
 SOURCE  Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi