Indiana's Democratic Senator is just back from a trip to Iraq. Evan Bayh toured the war torn country and Afghanistan last week, in a group that also included New York Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Congressman John McHugh.
Today we spoke with him about his trip to the Middle East. Senator Bayh spent four days in Iraq and Afghanistan. The trip comes as Congress engages in a fierce debate over President Bush's plan to send 21-thousand additional troops to Iraq. Bayh doesn't blame Iraq's problems on American involvement, but he says more pressure needs to be put on the Iraqi's to help the situation.
Bayh says he's concerned the Iraqi government is not doing enough to help stabilize its country. Bayh says things that worked two or three years ago might not work the same today.
The Senator also talked about the importance of getting more troops to Afghanistan.
He says failure to put a decisive stop to the Taliban this spring would be a mistake.
“What I'm concerned about is that the Iraqi's don't have their own act together. And until they get it together and do the hard things that only they can do, to decide to live in one country together as a single people- this is not going to go well. We need to put and keep the pressure on them, otherwise, all of our sacrifice will not be successful and that would be tragic,” says Senator Evan Bayh.
Bayh also spent time with about 80 men and women from the Hoosier National Guard. He says the impression he got from them was that overall morale is good right now.