Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Democrats Press Bush Harder On Iraq

"Congressional Democrats, after months of sporadic and often tepid critiques of the administration's handling of the Iraq war, are sharpening their criticisms and demanding that President Bush say more about the mission's difficulties and his plans for surmounting them.

A blunt speech yesterday by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), who said disaster in Iraq is "a real possibility," was the latest example of mainstream Democrats becoming more forceful in expressing their alarm as polls show drooping support for the war. The Senate's 44 Democrats plan to meet today to discuss Iraq.

"There is rising concern that everything seems to be going the wrong way," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in an interview. "Support is dropping drastically." Bush, she said, "has got to give regular progress reports" to Congress and the public on topics such as the training of Iraqi troops and police to take over their nation's security. "It has to be the president," she said. "It's his war.""

I'm going to link this story to the Milblogger memo series as it goes to the administration painting a rosy picture of events on the ground.


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