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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][1][(LJW) Boyda says soldiers in Iraq increasingly frustrated:][2] American soldiers are getting frustrated and concerned for their families as President Bush increases troop levels in Baghdad, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda said Tuesday after a weekend visit to Iraq. "They're good, patriotic soldiers. But their message was, we are very concerned about our families and our families want to know what is going on," Boyda, D-Topeka, said in a telephone news conference. While visiting Kansas soldiers in Iraq, Boyda said they received word that their service probably would be extended. House Democrats, who recently won control of Congress, are considering restrictions on how Bush can spend the $100 billion he wants for Iraq. Some have called for troop withdrawals while others are willing to grant Bush flexibility. Boyda said no consensus had been reached and she was listening to various arguments in that debate.[(Topeka Capital-Journal) Boyda assesses Iraq following recent trip:][3] She had little positive to report about how the mission was going or the outlook for the future. Noting the possible extension of some troops' stay, Boyda said troops levels of those not deployed to Iraq were "dangerously, dangerously thin." In addition, she said, the much-talked about troop surge will be well over 30,000 instead of the 20,000 previously thought. "We're using the rest of our troop strength for an operation that nobody thinks will have a different outcome," she said. Equipment needs also have been in the news lately, and Boyda said the surge is going to exacerbate the problem. "It appeared that the equipment that was there was now going to be stretched thinner, and again there was a fair amount of frustration," she said.[(Washington Post) President Cites 'Encouraging Signs' From New Iraq Plan:][4] Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), who returned from Iraq Monday night, said U.S. commanders were cautiously optimistic as they described efforts to protect marketplaces and allow life in Baghdad to regain a semblance of normalcy. The Baghdad morgue's nightly body count had dropped to 10 from 100, but the officers, including Gen. David H. Petraeus, were not ready to draw conclusions, she said. "They were really downplaying expectations" and for good reason, Boyda said. A recent bombing in a Baghdad book market filled the morgue again and set back the commanders' efforts to allow residents some measure of security.[(Politico.com) GOP Sees Hope in Northeast Despite the 2006 Washout:][5] Despite a Democratic sweep throughout the Northeast last cycle, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole is confident that Republicans can make a comeback there in 2008. Cole's optimism belies the drubbing that Republicans suffered in the region last year. Cole cited Democratic Reps. Leonard L. Boswell of Iowa, Harry E. Mitchell of Arizona, Tim Mahoney of Florida, Nancy Boyda of Kansas and Jerry McNerney of California among the top targets for the NRCC. "There are a lot of these people that sit in these districts that normally perform Republican. Frankly, right now, a lot of them are making some bad votes. Their leadership is well to the left of the districts and it's pulling them to the left," Cole said. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/mar... [3]: http://cjonline.com/stories/030707/kan_154406254.shtml [4]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030602142.html [5]: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0307/3020.html

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rhd99 7 years, 9 months ago

HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! I hate to say it, but Pres. Bush made a good case yesterday about Iraq. If the U.S. Senate sends General David Petraeus over to Iraq with a vote of confidence margin of 81-0, yet Democrats try to thwart the mission & call it a failure, is that NOT flip-flopping on military support for soldiers already in combat? HMM. Yet we elect Nancy Boyda & she still misses the boat. You can't say you support the soldiers in combat, YET refuse to fund their vitals: i.e., stronger armor in vehicles, bullet-proof vests, functional weaponry. Where you going to get this from, Boyda? MILITARY SURPLUS STORES!? Wake up!

preebo 7 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely not. As you may or may not know the previous General was releaved of duty and Bush nominated Patraeus to fill his spot. So, that being the case, Congress had to confirm someone to head the US operations in Iraq. They could have drawn out a confirmation of another candidate, but how would that support those currently in Iraq? It wouldn't. As it stands now, Patraeus is not only leading the "surge," but is also in-charge of the current offensive in Baghdad, so he is not synonomous with the "new policy in Iraq." In his defense, Gen. Patraeus is a great leader for our efforts in Iraq, and this is not meant to deminish his role in this plan, but it is important to know that he is not completely connected to the "surge" of 21,500 new troops into Iraq.

If Patraeus was completely connected to the "surge" then if it is proved to be ineffective or a failure then will he also be releaved of duty? Or will he remain for whatever comes next? If so, then it would prove that he is not synonomous with the "new policy." Thus proving the point that Congress was right in confirming Patraeus, but ultimately rejecting a continuation of the failed Bush policy.

Ralph Tomlinson 7 years, 9 months ago

Boyda hasn't missed the boat, nor flip-flopped on any issue. The real culprit here is President Bush, who lied about going to war, hasn't yet supplied the troops with the body armor and weapons they need nor provided decent medical services to the returning soldiers.

opinion 7 years, 9 months ago

Boyda said:

"We need to get our troops home, but it has to be done responsibly and carefully," she said."

"I would not recommend any kind of rapid pullout. There are no good solutions to this," she said.

"The best thing that we can do is to redeploy our troops as responsibly as we can and hope that the countries of the Middle East come together. Let's keep in mind, they've been killing each other for centuries," she said.

These comments differ from what Mr. Bush has said how?

fletch 7 years, 9 months ago

"HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! I hate to say it, but Pres. Bush made a good case yesterday about Iraq. If the U.S. Senate sends General David Petraeus over to Iraq with a vote of confidence margin of 81-0, yet Democrats try to thwart the mission & call it a failure, is that NOT flip-flopping on military support for soldiers already in combat?"

I would counter that it's flip flopping of Bush and Patraeus to say that the new strategy will work, and then come out a few weeks later and say it only has a 25% chance of working.

WMD Intel - Wrong Saddam helping Al Qaeda intel - Wrong Securing the peace plan - Wrong "There will be no civil war" - Wrong "We'll be treated as liberators" - Wrong Timeline for capturing Saddam - Wrong Timeline for establishing stable Iraq government - Wrong Timeline for a stable Iraqi Army - Wrong Plan for rebuilding Iraq - Wrong Cost of rebuilding Iraq - Wrong Force readiness to fight two wars at once - Wrong Plans to adequately supply the troops - Wrong Walter Reed quality of care - Wrong Estimated cost of the war - Wrong

Then let's toss in things like Abu Ghraib, missing body armor, mercenaries killing civilians, millions in missing petty cash to Halliburton subsidiaries, etc.

Bush has used up his "give me one more chance" cards. This entire thing went FUBAR. The only thing that ever went right was kicking Saddam out of power, and even that got screwed up by the execution going south.

But please, continue to blame the Democrats.

MasterShake 7 years, 9 months ago

Nancy better get on the bus or she'll only last one term. We sent her to Washington to get out of Iraq ASAP and this 'change of heart' will earn her nothing but a bus ticket home after her failed term ends. There is a very specific agenda to follow, no deviations allowed.

Very disappointing

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

The military, former Pres Bush,Scowcroft and so many others including EU allies said do not go to Iraq in the first place for all of the reasons which have surfaced. This situation has been researched for fifty years. The USA is there as a result of a Bush/Cheney/Rummy/Wolfowitz/EXXON Mobile decision not a military decision. Marching around the world attacking countries because they MIGHT attack the USA is a bit to Hitlerish for my blood. The Iran fiasco is no different.

General Odom has called this the worst strategic blunder in american history.

If american oil trots in to basically run IRAQ oil no president will bring the troops home ever.

Taking care of the troops who come back home being disabled and/or needing psychological treatment will likely run into billions upon billions of dollars annually.

Take care of the Vets and bring the troops home! How long does anyone believe families can hang on with the primary breadwinner thousands of miles away indefinitely. The Bush war is creating problems we don't see on the front page.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1681119,00.html

Jamesaust 7 years, 9 months ago

"You can't say you support the soldiers in combat, YET refuse to fund their vitals..."

Uh, wow. Now that really is the pot calling the kettle black. I honestly don't know how Jim Ryun sleeps at night knowing how he abandoned our troops. Its a good thing he's a religious man because he's going to need all the help he can get from the big guy upstairs to avoid his just reward.

Mkh 7 years, 9 months ago

Ha! Well said James...it certainly is not this Congress who has failed the troops in regards to equiptment.

Merrill, you are also absolutely correct in your post, everyone except the PNAC knew that taking Baghdad would lead to this mess (even W's own father knew it).

The US has a serious emerging problem with how they will take care of the troops in the years to come, the Walter Reed tragedy is just the beginning. As I've said before we are NOT leaving Iraq anytime soon. Anyone who expected Boyda to go to DC and "bring the troops home" is dabbling in delusion and needs to stop watching "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington".

The US is currently building several Permanent Military bases exactly along the routes of the main Iraqi oil pipelines. I'm as Anti-War as any "liberal", but I'm also a realist. We need to anticipate the long enduring war we will face and make plans to be able to take care of our suffering vets and their families. Let's not fail them like in Vietnam.

drewdun 7 years, 9 months ago

"I want to hear from Congressmen on how we are achieving military victories in the global war on terror, like we are doing right now in Baghdad"

Yeah, those hundreds killed there in the last few days are SURE SIGNS OF SUCCESS! Growing pains of a young democracy, I'm sure.

"I don't want to hear from disloyal, negative, self-centered propagandists like Boyda."

Oh, but you do want to hear how everything is HUNKY-DOREY in Iraq from your political messiah (never mind the horrible violence that occurs DAILY). Basically, you want to be told what you already know, custom fit to conform to your bizarre ideology.

Truly pathetic.

Once again, right-wingers just make sh** up to suit their political ends. Reality RARELY figures into the equation. Because REALITY ain't goin' so well for the fascists right now.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Well parkay you sound like a former employee of Jim Ryun. Ever thought of enlisting to set the example? Never too old for the Bush!

"I want to hear from Congressmen on how we are achieving military victories in the global war on terror, like we are doing right now in Baghdad, and how America can keep doing it, until the threat to our national security is gone. I don't want to hear from disloyal, negative, self-centered propagandists like Boyda."

How do you win a war against terrorist when our mere presence provides the receipe for more?

As some military folks have put it there is no winning or losing. There is however getting out. It has become apparent to me that Bush never intended to leave Iraq which explains why there was not an exit strategy. The four large USA military bases which have probaly been under construction since early on and the largest american embassy ever at a billion plus dollars...600 rooms,swimming pool and hair salon plus a built in computerized missle system. Our troops have probaly been asked to guard oil lines and construction sites which require a helluva lot of troops to protect these high dollar projects.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

At Least 112 Killed in Attack on Shiite Pilgrims In Iraq, at least 112 people were killed Tuesday in a double-suicide bombing of a Shiite procession in Hilla. Another 150 were wounded. The victims were gathering ahead of the close of a Shiite ritual period this weekend. Another 24 people were killed in related attacks across Iraq.

Italian Journalist Kidnapped in Afghanistan Meanwhile, a veteran Italian journalist has been kidnapped in southern Afghanistan. Daniele Mastrogiacomo is a correspondent for La Repubblica. He's believed to be in the hands of Taliban captors.

Iran Offers IAEA Direct Talks Iran has made-public a new offer to negotiate directly with the International Atomic Energy Agency over its nuclear program. The Associated Press reports Iran says its ready to discuss outstanding issues without interference from the UN Security Council. The Security Council has rejected previous Iranian efforts because Iran has rejected a pre-condition to suspend uranium enrichment before talks begin.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Poll: 60% Call Iraq War "Mistake", Favor Withdrawal Meanwhile in Washington, President Bush addressed Iraq at a speech before the American Legion.

President Bush: "Iraqi and U.S. forces are making gradual and important progress almost everyday, and we will remain steadfast until our objectives are achieved." President Bush's comments come as a new poll shows a record six out of ten Americans believe the Iraq war has been a mistake. According to the Gallup/USA Today survey, the same number want a US withdrawal within a year. Just 13% favor sending more troops.

War Resister Agustin Aguayo Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison A US Army medic who refused to fight in Iraq has been sentenced to eight months in prison. Agustin Aguayo went AWOL last year just before he was to return to Iraq for a second deployment. He had made several unsuccessful requests for conscientious objector status.

Aguayo's attorney David Court: "We are both very grateful that the military judge gave a relatively light sentence. As you all know, he could have done seven years based upon the findings. I believe that based upon his sentence of only eight months he accepts that Aguayo believes that he is a conscientous objector." David Court expects Aguayo to serve six more weeks of his sentence because he's already been jailed for one-hundred sixty-one days. The military hearing was held in Germany where Aguayo's unit is based. Kelly Dougherty of Iraq Veterans Against the War was there to support Aguayo. Kelly Dougherty: "While Agustin is first and foremost a man who is sincerely and morally opposed to war in all forms, he is also a proud example to other soldiers who are also questioning the war in Iraq and who feel like they might want to refuse or they might want to apply for conscientious objector or in some way object and resist this war in Iraq." In a statement, Amnesty International said Aguayo is a legitimate conscientious objector who should not be imprisoned for his beliefs. Democracy Now! interviewed Aguayo and his wife Helga the day before he turned himself in to a California base last September. Agustin Aguayo: "It's not my job to decide who's going to live or who's going to die. That's something that I've had to deal with morally and that I'm convinced of. Nothing is more clear in my mind that war is wrong. And I won't be a tool of war anymore. And the end result of war is the destruction of human life, and governments use that to solve problems. And I think it's a great tragedy of our lifetime, with so much technology, that we still feel that that solves problems." Afghans Protest US Strikes In Afghanistan, protests continued Tuesday over a pair of US military attacks that killed at least twenty-five people on Sunday. At least two thousand people blocked a main road leading to the capital Kabul. The protests came as NATO forces launched a major operation against Taliban fighters.

james bush 7 years, 9 months ago

Boyda "feels " so it must be so!.......gawd help us!

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