Cheney: Antiwar Lawmakers Hurt Troops

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Antiwar lawmakers in Congress are undermining U.S. troops in Iraq by trying to limit President Bush's spending requests for military operations, Vice President Cheney said yesterday.

"When members speak not of victory but of time limits, deadlines and other arbitrary measures, they are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out," Cheney said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "When members of Congress pursue an antiwar strategy that's been called 'slow bleed,' they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them."

He said the House's nonbinding vote against troop increases in Iraq last month was an example of "twisted logic" and "not a proud episode in the history of the United States Congress."

"Very soon, both houses will have to vote on a piece of legislation that is binding, a bill to provide emergency funding to the troops, and I sincerely hope that this time the discussion this time will be about winning in Iraq," Cheney said.

His remarks came days ahead of a scheduled Senate test vote on a resolution that calls for combat troops to leave Iraq by March 2008. The House is prepared to consider legislation this week that would demand troops leave Iraq by the end of August 2008.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Cheney's remarks prove that "the administration's answer to continuing violence in Iraq is more troops and more treasure from the American people."

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