Democrats Threaten to Deny Funds for Iraq

Vietnam redux. And it didn’t take very long, just a few days after the Democrats took control.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said newly empowered Democrats will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq, hinting they could deny funding if he seeks additional troops.

“If the president chooses to escalate the war, in his budget request, we want to see a distinction between what is there to support the troops who are there now,” she said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

“The American people and the Congress support those troops. We will not abandon them. But if the president wants to add to this mission, he is going to have to justify it and this is new for him because up until now the Republican Congress has given him a blank check with no oversight, no standards, no conditions,” said Pelosi, D-Calif.

Her comments on CBS’ “Face the Nation” came as Bush worked to finish his new war plan that could send as many as 20,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq and provide more money for jobs and reconstruction programs.

Bush is expected to announce his plan as early as Wednesday.

When asked about the possibility of cutting off funds, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declined to say whether Democrats might do so, saying only that the current strategy clearly is “not working.”

“I don’t want to anticipate that,” said Hoyer, D-Md., on “Fox News Sunday.”

Did you see the statement Pelosi made about not abandoning the troops? She and the rest of the Democrats have already abandoned our troops. They abandoned our troops the moment they said this war wasn’t winnable. They pulled their moral and political support for our troops a while ago, and now they’re about to pull financial support as well.

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