Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Boyda: Drawdown of troops in Iraq is inevitable

Democrats will be blamed for instability, she says

August 16, 2007


Three questions with ... U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda

Nancy Boyda talks about Iraq, No Child Left Behind and the Republican campaign to take her job Enlarge video

Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., predicted this morning that the wheels have been set in motion for a gradual withdrawal of U.S. military personnel from combat zones in Iraq.

"I think if you just look at the chess game that's been set up, it's where we are. We're going to redeploy the troops because we don't have another option," said Boyda, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. "Our troop strength for all intents and purposes is gone. Our equipment, we haven't called up the industrial base, so we're not even keeping up with re-setting of our equipment."

Boyda answered questions on a variety of topics for about an hour in front of 100 people during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce event at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. She represents the state's 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Lawrence, Leavenworth, Topeka and much of southeastern Kansas.

Since her campaign last year when she upset incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, Boyda has criticized the Bush administration's management of the war. But she's come under fire from anti-war protesters who say she hasn't pushed hard enough for a faster resolution to the conflict.

She said the troop redeployment would not "be anything that happens overnight," and that it would "destabilize the area even further." Boyda also said not enough has been done to pull in the Iraqi political structure in the region.

The top American commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus, has also made news this week for saying that U.S. forces have to be smaller by next summer. The general is scheduled to give a report on the recent troop surge, its progress and the situation to Congress in September.

Boyda said Democrats would stand up and insist on redeployment.

"It will happen because that's our only option," she said. "We're in a corner militarily, and then the Democrats are going to get blamed for the instability that it causes in the region. Mark my word on it."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

Boyda flipping and flopping like fish out of water . any pressure and she goes with the wind. she has no firm stance! People need to remember we were and are under attack. IF everyone thinks those that intended to hurt us have heard, then by all means everyone wants Troups home. But NEVER tuck our tails and run, the only thing Terrorists understand is STRENGHT! please Nancy listen to the words on link below and understand what we are up against.

nell 10 years, 10 months ago

"The general is scheduled to give a report on the recent troop surge, its progress and the situation to Congress in September."

Actually, the report is going to be assembled by the White House, with 'input' from Patraeus, and there are suggestions that Patraeus might not deliver the report to Congress... Imagine that.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 10 months ago

"People need to remember we were and are under attack."

Well... the propaganda has worked better on some than others...

Mkh 10 years, 10 months ago

Did we not learn anything from Vietnam? A slow withdrawl out is dangerous. In Vietnam we lossed more troops on "the way out" than we did going in, I'm afraid the same might be true in Iraq.

The Democrats are making a fatal mistake. They don't have the guts to end the war. So now they will drag out the war, claiming they are deescalting and withdrawling, but American troops will continue to die and violence will still dominate Iraq.

The Dems will most likely win the White House and the Congress again in '08, but the war will not end, instead "Bush's War" will become the "Democrats War". I predict then the war will spill into Iran and blow up again in Afghanistan. The same mistakes that Nixon made.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 10 months ago

Mkh I think you're right... just as Johnson's war became Nixon's war...

jasonc_22 10 years, 10 months ago

boyda is exactly right- and her stand is firm: we must support our troops by bringing them home as soon as we can!

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

stuckinthemiddle you are correct Johnson and Kennedy war became Nixon's and all politicians do not have guts to get out , they will reduce numbers and poor Soldiers left will be on their own. do not agree with yours and others who feel we are not or were not under attack. you remember embassy bombings the Cole AND trade center first time then 911 ????? if you would have been in NY I am sure you would call it an attack. please click on link to view real problem this is from arab tv , this lady hits nail on the head. also we should be proud of the fact millions of women can now attend school and speak out!

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

parkay you are right! we would all be speaking German or Japanese if our fathers and grandfathers did not have stomach for the Tough decisions. The mistake we should know is If we go in GO WITH FORCE like gulf war . Americans will support tough decisions , but politicians need to remember peoples memory short. get in and get out.

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

Carter worst president in history. double digit inflation , double digit unemployment, people wine about gas now? could not even get gas to go to work ... if you had a job Jimmy and HE has the foolish way of still putting his foot full in his mouth. Can handle Bill but come on Jimmy Shut Up.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 10 months ago

cooonrod We were under attack for about an hour and a half on 9/11/01... and there have been other attacks but the phrase "we are under attack" escalates the situation and the fear and the perceived needed reaction far beyond any reality...

and... Carter was not a good president but actually there hasn't been a good one in my lifetime... I think Eisenhower was the last closest thing to being a good president...

jasonc_22 10 years, 10 months ago

emilyhadley- what in the world are you talking about?

r4hawks 10 years, 10 months ago

Grandstander Boyda mouthing off again!!! She "predicted" there would be a gradual drawdown of troops. Well, DUH!! The generals in the field have said this all along-- As soon as we can get the Iraqi Army trained well enough to be able to stand on its own, we would begin the withdrawal process. ....... So this is really "big news" worthy of print, isn't it??! Nancy Boy seems to be so paranoid, this itch for media attention comes up about every two weeks now. So Vegas, time to place your bets again. She will be saying ANYTHING to "spill ink" again very shortly. Next time: Within 2 weeks.

purplesage 10 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the Congresswoman should stay in the room and listen to the General - even if she doens't like what he has to say. She's so arrogant.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 10 months ago

The democrats will be blamed because such redeployment will be their fault. Mark my word on that Boyda! Thank You, Lynn

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