Plastic Nancy and MurthaÂ are in Iraq.Â Don’t you know the soldiers are just thrilled about that!Â
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an outspoken critic of U.S. President‘s plan to send more troops to , arrived in Baghdad on Friday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Pelosi, a key player in the Democratic takeover of Congress, has helped lead opposition in Washington to Bush’s retooled Iraq strategy which envisages sending 21,500 reinforcements to help quell raging sectarian violence, especially in Baghdad.
She has accused Bush, a long-time foe, of playing politics with soldiers’ lives and said after his State of the Union address to Congress this week that he had ignored the concerns of the American public over the unpopular war.
A U.S. embassy official said Pelosi, the first woman speaker of the House, had arrived in Iraq at the head of a six-member congressional delegation for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. officials but did not plan any public appearances.
The delegation includes John Murtha, a Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, who has also been vocal in his criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the war.
No public appearances? I’ll bet they’ll be a few photo ops. If they can find a soldier with a strong enough stomach to pose with them.