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Area Republicans blast House resolution

Inland Northwest Republicans opposed the nonbinding resolution on Iraq as the House of Representatives on Thursday debated whether to support the president’s plan for a troop surge in that country. Here’s a sample of what they had to say:

Members of Congress who say they support the troops in Iraq should oppose a resolution against the president’s latest strategy, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said.

“Supporting our troops but not supporting the war is not an option,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Victory is the only real option.”

Leaving things as they are is not a choice, and reducing the troops could lead to an increase in violence in Iraq, said McMorris Rodgers in her second term as Eastern Washington’s congresswoman. The only remaining option, she contends, is to give military commanders the troops they’ve requested.

To vote for the resolution is to “begin the process of chipping away at the core of our resolve,” she said.

Rep. Bill Sali, the freshman Republican who represents North Idaho, said taxpayers should be incensed that Congress is spending days debating a nonbinding resolution on Iraq.

The resolution is “poking the president of the United States in the eye” while undermining and demoralizing troops in the field, he said.

“America’s enemies view Congress as divided and irresolute,” Sali said, issuing a challenge to supporters of the resolution. “What’s your binding plan for defeating our enemies?”



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