Speaker Pelosi: US Can’t Stay In Iraq ‘In Perpetuity’ January 19, 2007Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
WASHINGTON (AP)–Epitomizing growing pressure in Congress against President George W. Bush’s Iraq war buildup, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that the conflict there “is not an obligation of the American people in perpetuity.”
Pelosi said Bush “has dug a hole so deep he can’t even see the light on this. It’s a tragedy. It’s a stark blunder.”
Democratic support is building around a resolution that would rebuff Bush’s plans to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq, and more Republicans are looking for ways to sign on to the measure.
Pelosi said House Democrats would back a Senate Democratic resolution declaring that the troop increase is “not in the national interest of the United States.” Senate leaders expect to begin action on the nonbinding measure next Wednesday.
Republican lawmakers in both houses are expected to draft alternative legislation, in part to give party members a measure to support rather than merely oppose what Democrats draft. Officials said one possibility under discussion is an alternative that supports the troop increase as long as the Iraqi government meets certain conditions.