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Bush To Propose Bipartisan Advisory Panel On War On Terror January 23, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–With polls showing continued public dissatisfaction over Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush will propose forming a special advisory council on the war on terror.

The panel, to be detailed in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, would consist of congressional leaders from both parties, according to briefing documents released by the White House.

“It is important for our country to come together in this hour of war and to give the president’s new plan an opportunity to succeed,” the White House said.

The idea of a bipartisan working group first emerged when Bush discussed his new Iraq strategy earlier this month. At the time, he said it was proposed by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and other lawmakers.

Asked how the panel would differ from from regular congressional committees, a senior administration official said the new group would pool the leadership of various House and Senate committees that have jurisdiction over the war.

While Congress debates resolutions on Bush’s Iraq strategy, the president will discuss the consequences of losing the unpopular war, and put it in the context of the broader war on terror. He won’t directly address the congressional resolutions.

By Henry J. Pulizzi, Dow Jones Newswires

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