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Pelosi: British withdrawal confirms doubts on escalation
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday February 21, 2007
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House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement this morning connecting President George W. Bush's planned increase in US troops in Iraq to the announcement by the United Kingdom to begin withdrawing its soldiers. The Speaker said the move "confirms the doubts in the minds of the American people about the President's decision."

"Why are thousands of additional American troops being sent to Iraq at the same time that British troops are planning to leave?" the Speaker also asked.

The full statement is available below.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pelosi Statement on British Troop Withdrawal

Washington, D.C. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement that Britain will start pulling troops out of Iraq in the coming months:

"The President's escalation plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq is out of step with the American people and our allies. Why are thousands of additional American troops being sent to Iraq at the same time that British troops are planning to leave?

"The President's escalation plan has been rejected by bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate and opposed by Americans all across the country. The announcement by the British government confirms the doubts in the minds of the American people about the President's decision to increase the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq."