Lawmakers Speak Out Against Bush Escalation Plan

“President Bush is expected to announce his new Iraq strategy in an address to the nation” Wednesday at 9 pm EST. And according to the BBC, “The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq.”

Over the past few weeks, the media has asked members of Congress whether they support or oppose escalation.

Many are strongly opposed:

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE): “It’s Alice in Wonderland. … I’m absolutely opposed to sending any more troops to Iraq. It is folly.” [Robert Novak column, 1/2/07]

Some are not saying where they fall either way:

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV): “Other lawmakers contacted Thursday, including Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., did not express immediate objection to a troop increase, but emphasized they did not want to prejudge the president’s strategy.” [CongressDaily, 1/5/07]

Others have given their full support to the move:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “After speaking with our military commanders on the ground, I strongly believe that additional U.S. troops must be deployed to Baghdad.” [Hartford Courant, 12/21/06]

According to a tally by Think Progress, only seven lawmakers have given their public support to Bush’s escalation plan, twenty-three have come out in opposition, and fifteen have said they will withhold judgement for now.


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