Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said March 13 that senators in both parties are frustrated with the Iraqi government.
“I don’t know what their problem is, but this country has made an enormous investment in giving the Iraqis a chance to have a normal government after all of these years of Saddam Hussein and his atrocities,” Mr. McConnell said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”
“And there’s a growing sense of bipartisan frustration in the Senate over the lack of progress on the political side of the Iraqi government,” he said. “I think benchmarks will be a part of the final package that we get to the president for signature on the troopfunding bill.”
President Bush has offered to seek compromise with congressional Democrats over a warspending bill setting benchmarks for progress in Iraq.
Mr. McConnell said House Democrats “have gone from micromanaging the war to now trying to microfund the war.” But he said that Republicans also “overwhelmingly feel disappointed about the Iraqi government.”
“I read just this week that a significant number of the Iraqi parliament want to vote to ask us to leave. If they vote to ask us to leave, we’ll be glad to comply with their request,” Mr. McConnell said.
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