Statement on Extension of Tour for Minnesota Guard Troops

Jan 12, 2007 Issues: Defense and National Security

"I am disappointed and frustrated to learn that the Minnesota National Guard troops are having their tour extended to July."

"This is another example of how the men and women of the National Guard are being over-utilized in the war.  Our soldiers' families and employers were counting on seeing them home again in March.  It is unfair and unnecessary."

"The President's new strategy appears to be his same old 'stay the course' message wrapped in a couple of different slogans."

"I know that as long as our troops are in Iraq they will carry out their duties in a professional manner, but I do hope that the military leadership will work to modify this order and allow the troops to come home sooner than July.  We do not need more casualties."