Lee Hamilton offered a grim assessment of the situation in Iraq, in a Sunday appearance on CBS’s "Face the Nation," several months after he co-chaired a bipartisan panel that described the war as "grave and deteriorating."
Asked to give his assessment of the situation in Iraq, the former Indiana Congressman said "I don’t think I’d change it very much — grave, dire, deteriorating, American casualties up, sectarian violence up, still a very grim existence there for the Iraqi people. If you look at all of the metrics, you can find some, maybe, that point somewhat positively, but overall, that assessment stands today."
As President Bush and military commanders point to September as a critical date to evaluate the Iraq troop surge, there may be growing support in Congress to adopt the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which calls for a major withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.
In a separate interview on "Face the Nation," the Republican leader in the Senate said he finds growing support among Republicans and Democrats for the ISG’s recommendations.