President Bush Missed an Opportunity at the U.N. Today
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today following President Bush's speech to the United
Nations General Assembly:
speech today, the President missed an opportunity to show his commitment
to securing a United Nations mandate for an international force
to bring security and stability to Iraq. I had hoped the President
would have sought international consensus in a spirit of cooperation.
By not doing so, the President underscored how much difficult work
remains before we get a significant amount of international participation
in the effort to stabilize Iraq.
of a realistic plan for post-war Iraq, what we have seen from the
Administration is misrepresentation of the facts, misleading of
the public, and miscalculation of the risks after the war.
people have seen the cost of that miscalculation: hundreds of American
lives lost and a bill for $87 billion in additional spending. The
President is proposing to spend more per person in Iraq on school
and health care than we are spending on Americans. He has his priorities
wrong -- we need to have a balance between what we are spending
in Iraq and how we meet critical needs here at home."
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