Bi­par­ti­san angst

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

NBC News an­chor Brian Wil­liams said while in­tro­duc­ing a story on May 11 that “most Amer­i­cans” think a wo­man has “a right to an abor­tion,” but the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter says that’s mis­lead­ing.

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