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The Conservative Democrat | Dan Boren

June 28, 2007 and Sept. 6, 2007:
Sunday, September 9, 2007

June 28, 2007

"We have one commander in chief, and it's very important that we not micromanage a war. We definitely don't want to tip our hand to an enemy when we're going to be leaving, because then they will simply wait for us to leave, then reconstitute themselves."

July 26, 2007

Boren embraces centrist legislation from the Senate that would mandate a change of mission in Iraq, from combat to counterterrorism, without mandating withdrawals.

"I don't think any of us want to stand down in the fight against al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda in Iraq. What we're saying is we want to get out from under the sectarian violence and civil war."

Sept. 6, 2007:

After studying the conclusions of the Government Accountability Office on the lack progress toward security and political reconciliation, his frustration is rising but so is his reluctance to intervene.

"We're not saying that there's a blank check, but there's a fine line between cajoling and oversight, and taking over battlefield decisions, and I just don't think it's the role of the Congress to mandate what goes on on the battlefield."

Awaiting the general:

"More important than the GAO report will probably be General Petraeus' report. . . . Most of the American people probably won't follow what's in the GAO report. They're going to follow the person who's wearing the uniform."

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