Pelosi in Iraq to see for herself how war is going
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news
, voting record
), an outspoken critic of U.S. President George Bush
's plan to send more troops to Iraq
, arrived in Baghdad on Friday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Pelosi, a key player in the Democratic takeover of Congress, has helped lead opposition in Washington to Bush's retooled Iraq strategy which envisages sending 21,500 reinforcements to help quell raging sectarian violence, especially in Baghdad.
She has accused Bush, a long-time foe, of playing politics with soldiers' lives and said after his State of the Union address to Congress this week that he had ignored the concerns of the American public over the unpopular war.
A U.S. embassy official said Pelosi, the first woman speaker of the House, had arrived in Iraq at the head of a six-member congressional delegation for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. officials but did not plan any public appearances.
The delegation includes John Murtha (news
, voting record
), a Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, who has also been vocal in his criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the war.
Newly empowered congressional Democrats are pushing for a phased withdrawal from Iraq. Opinion polls show Americans are strongly opposed to Bush's plan for a troop increase.
Bush has said the United States must not quit Iraq now as that would leave Iraqis prey to more sectarian violence and allow al Qaeda to operate from Iraq with impunity.
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