Democrats Oppose Troop Increase

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

January 7, 2007

It appears President Bush is already facing opposition by new house leaders on just how to handle the situation in Iraq.

Democrats spoke out about their party's position on the war and how they plan on dealing with the President's new plan.

Their comments were quickly answered by republicans, who say they will continue to support the President.

“The definition of winning is to have a reasonably stable government that is an ally on the war on terror, that is stable enough to allow us to begin to draw down our troops, and clearly that's not the situation at the moment,” said Senator Mitch McConnell.

The situation at hand is an on-going war in Iraq that is drawing opposition across the country and in congress.

Newly-elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “My speech and the letter, consistently say, Mr. President, we must make it clear to the Iraqi government that they are responsible for the security of Iraqi people.”

Pelosi thinks it's time for president bush to implement a plan that brings stability to the country, and “begins serious responsible, re-deployment of our troops.”

But, law makers on the right say they disagree with the democrats.

“I think to basically begin to withdraw before the job is finished is a mistake. If the president recommends what we seem to believe he’s going to recommend, I intend to support him,” said McConnell.

The recommendation many believe the president will unveil later this week is a push for more troops in Iraq, something democrats don't plan on taking too lightly.

“If the president wants to add to this mission he is going to have to justify it. This is new for him because up until now the Republican congress has given him blank checks with no oversight, no standards, no conditions, and we've gone into this situation which is a war without end which the American people have rejected,” said Pelosi.

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