U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, released a statement Friday strongly criticizing President George W. Bush's televised address to the nation Thursday night.
"The president confirmed in no uncertain terms that he intends to remain in Iraq," Eshoo said. "This despite the analysis of the most recent National Intelligence Estimate, the Jones Commission Report, the Report of the Government Accountability Office and the comptroller general, all reporting to Congress that violence in Iraq is up and political reconciliation is nil.
"The president went further by stating he's made a commitment to the Iraqi government for a long-term commitment of American troops and resources.
"He is not listening to the American people. He very purposefully intends to stick the next president with his calamitous policy and the ruins of it. Congress must act clearly and decisively to bring our troops home in an orderly and safe way, and the Iraqis must step up to quell their own sectarian strife."
The president said that "Americans want our country to be safe and our troops to begin coming home from Iraq. Yet those who believe success in Iraq is essential to our security, and those who believe we should bring our troops home, have been at odds. Now, because of the measure of success we are seeing in Iraq, we can begin seeing troops come home."
He said that 5,700 troops would come home by Christmas, with an additional 21,000 withdrawn by next summer. There are about 160,000 American soldiers in Iraq, including the "surge" of 30,000 deployed in recent months.