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Hoyer: U.S. commitment to Iraq is finite
AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/06 | Natasha T. Metzler - ap

Posted on 11/25/2006 7:02:02 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - American support for the fledgling Iraqi government is not unconditional, and Iraq should expect changes in the U.S. role, incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Saturday.

"In the days ahead, the Iraqis must make the tough decisions and accept responsibility for their future," Hoyer, D-Md., said during the weekly Democratic radio address. "And the Iraqis must know: Our commitment, while great, is not unending."

Hoyer's comments were taped Wednesday, before an escalation in sectarian violence in Iraq. At least 215 Shiites were killed in bomb and mortar attacks Thursday in Sadr City. Shiites retaliated Friday by burning six Sunni Arabs alive and killing 19 others in attacks on Sunni mosques.

Once in power, Hoyer said, the Democrats hope to work with Republicans and the Bush administration to change direction in Iraq war plans, "because, clearly, the current strategy is not working."

Democrats will also seek to reach across the aisle to accomplish their other goals. One of their first priorities, Hoyer said, is to pass lobbying and ethics reform.

"We will restore civility and integrity to our legislative process, and transparency and accountability to our government," he said.

Other Democratic goals in the new Congress include:

_Increasing the minimum wage.

_Enacting the Sept. 11 Commission's security recommendations.

_Allowing the government to negotiate drug prices for Medicare patients.

_Cutting energy industry tax breaks.

_Lowering financial hurdles for access to higher education.

"Democrats pledge to address the concerns and issues that affect the lives of working families," Hoyer said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: commitment; finite; hoyer; iraq; stenyhoyer

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (C) from California, speaks to reporters as Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland (R) and Rep. John Murtha from Pennsylvania look on during a press conference 16 November, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Infighting among US Democrats after their victory in the November 7 elections has led some to wonder if the party is up to the task of controlling Congress. Photo:Karen Bleier/AFP


1 posted on 11/25/2006 7:02:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

That pic just begs for tars, feathers, a strong rope, and a lamp post.


2 posted on 11/25/2006 7:03:01 PM PST by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like Murtha inherited the extra facial skin than Nancy had lopped off


3 posted on 11/25/2006 7:08:56 PM PST by digger48
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To: NormsRevenge
The sad truth is that the Iraqi people could have had a society that offered them unique freedoms and opportunities. Instead they supported terrorists from AQ, Baathists and Shia militias and now their patron is looking to cut the country loose and leave them to their fate which is likely under Iran's heel. I hear stories that 30,000 people are the ones making the trouble for the rest but I don't buy it. The Shia and Sunni hate each other for their differences in worshiping the pedophile, piss be onto him so much that they have thrown away a chance of a lifetime.
4 posted on 11/25/2006 7:09:37 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

"In the days ahead, the Iraqis must make the tough decisions and accept responsibility for their future,"

And then once American troops are out, you'll manufacture some BS impeachable offense to kick Bush out and make sure the Iraqis can't take control of their future by cutting off our support, just like you did in Vietnam. Better beef up your bodyguards if that happens, pal.


5 posted on 11/25/2006 7:10:26 PM PST by RWB Patriot
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To: peyton randolph
1) Expect gas prices to be $4.00/gallon.

2) Expect to be poorer.

3) Buy your burqas now, befroe the price goes up.

6 posted on 11/25/2006 7:11:02 PM PST by Chairman Fred (@mousiedung.commie)
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To: NormsRevenge

It may be a swamp now but when Nancy gets done it will be a cesspool.


7 posted on 11/25/2006 7:14:38 PM PST by oldbrowser (This war isn't over until it's OVER.)
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To: NormsRevenge

In two years these folks will put the economy in the crapper and be blaming Bush for it.


8 posted on 11/25/2006 7:15:57 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Murtha looks like he's asleep or passing gas or some hideous
thing. Nan and this other clown look like they are on drugs.
I suppose who gives a rats rear end !
Nan could use some rogaine


9 posted on 11/25/2006 7:16:17 PM PST by claptrap (We've found a Witch can we burn her?)
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To: digger48

Can Nancy actually close her mouth?


10 posted on 11/25/2006 7:26:04 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: oldbrowser
"It may be a swamp now but when Nancy gets done it will be a cesspool."

That's "common ground" to you, sir. /s

11 posted on 11/25/2006 7:27:24 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

come to think of it,I've never seen it closed.


12 posted on 11/25/2006 7:29:56 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It should read 'Speaker-Elect, Nancy....'

She is not yet Speaker.

And this brings up a question...Since the dems insist on every vote counting, what about the undecided races.

Don't those dem winning candidates have a voice or vote?

Answer: No, it is all about Dem Imperialism. The crowning of Ms. Pelosi. (Not Hillary for the DUers.)
And, when the dems last held the gavel, there was no Internet or Cable TV (of importance). Soon the World shall see how they treat their minions.


13 posted on 11/25/2006 7:41:59 PM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Steny, a Southern Marylander, talking about ethics refore and transparency is kind of astonishing to anyone familiar with that part of the world for all these years. But then again it is matched by the same kind of stuff coming from Tommy D'allasandro's daughter. It is only matched by the similar talk from a guy who has been so close to the Vegas mob for so many years. It all depends upon completely uninformed listerners.


14 posted on 11/25/2006 8:01:12 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: NormsRevenge

"In the days ahead, the Iraqis must make the tough decisions and accept responsibility for their future," Hoyer, D-Md., said during the weekly Democratic radio address. "And the Iraqis must know: Our commitment, while great, is not unending."

If he said this about the welfare state in America, I might support him! But he'd never say that, of course, and Iraqis can't vote for him...


15 posted on 11/25/2006 8:11:54 PM PST by james500
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To: digger48
Looks like Murtha inherited the extra facial skin than Nancy had lopped off

Yup. Only guy not smiling in that picture. Guess he won't get what he wanted.

16 posted on 11/25/2006 8:15:02 PM PST by TimSkalaBim
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To: NormsRevenge

After withdrawing funding for the Vietnam conflict, the Dimocratz "killed" one to two million VN.

This time, they'll only kill 500,000 to one million Iraqis.

The Dimocratz are losing their edge, they should be able to kill more, ohh, I forgot about how many babies they're killing.


17 posted on 11/25/2006 8:20:32 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: misterrob

Thirty thousand people dedicated to make trouble is a very large bunch. You have to consider the greater number who support the gunmen and their relatives who at least tolerate them. Look at Ireland.


18 posted on 11/25/2006 8:24:21 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Rembrandt
This time, they'll only kill 500,000 to one million Iraqis.

Probably will cause an all out civil war between Shiites and Shia. That will envelop the entire middle east. Look for millions dead and no gas anywhere, unless you are classified as a 'high priority' driver. It will be Jimmy Carter on steroids.

19 posted on 11/25/2006 8:50:32 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: NormsRevenge
I did my part.

I voted to keep the GOP in control of Congress.

Apparently, others preferred to spite the GOP by staying home.
20 posted on 11/25/2006 8:52:11 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Speaker Pelosi - Three cheers for Amnesty!)
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To: new yorker 77

Thanks for trying.

It didn't matter here in California, the state GOP wouldn't even do anything to back the GOP Senate candidate.

No seats changed hands state-wise, and we lost Pombo to boot.


21 posted on 11/25/2006 8:58:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Cornyn / Kyl in '08)
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To: NormsRevenge

'Hoyer'. Just another clever way to spell 'whore'.


22 posted on 11/25/2006 9:21:58 PM PST by dc-zoo
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To: NormsRevenge

Ahnold wouldn't lift a finger for any of the GOP candidates.. not even fellow moderates like McPherson (whom Arnold appointed!) and the lady running for state senate and Orange County.

When Arnold is done as Governor in 2010, and he'll probably leave behind a party in shambles, just as Pataki did in NY, and Weld/Celluci/Romney have done in Massachusetts.

I can live with Arnold being a centrist, but it'd be nice if he'd at least try to establish a party organization and perhaps groom a successor who is able to stop Jerry Moonbeam from making a triumphant return as Guv.


23 posted on 11/25/2006 9:23:16 PM PST by Omega Man II
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To: digger48

I think Nasty's new face is melting. She must have spilled some water on it.


24 posted on 11/25/2006 9:25:46 PM PST by dc-zoo
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To: NormsRevenge

What does any of what he said have to do with working families? Anything about the border? drilling for oil. cutting taxes. Social security. Keeping us safe. Iran, North Korea.


25 posted on 11/25/2006 9:42:58 PM PST by Brimack34 (I hate the MSM They Hate America)
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To: NormsRevenge

I love these liberal jackasses lecturing Iraqis on what they must do. I'm sure the Iraqi government will get right on everything Hoyer says.


26 posted on 11/25/2006 11:15:45 PM PST by karnage
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To: RWB Patriot
Pelosi, Murtha and Hoyer will indeed need body guards if they continue, for there are many Americans whose sons and daughters sacrificed their own lives to assure the freedom of the Iraqui people and to protect our nation from terrorists coming here.

This trio of unpatriotic liberal socialist blimpophiles and others like them,will become targets for those who have made such sacrifices.The sad part is that such violence will come to socialist liberal politicians of the USA through these appeasers of Islamofascism themselves.

These dem idiots know not what they do, and just don't get it. They can have as many body guards as they feel necessary, and in the circumstances where they have turned our military into cut and run specialists, their lives will indeed be at risk no matter how many body guards they have.

This game of hard ball is not one that they can win by screaming, for that will not protect them, and the MSM slimes will not be able to protect them. And they have no idea what is about to happen to them. I await their utter destruction with a curious mixture of sadness and glee.

27 posted on 11/25/2006 11:27:11 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: peyton randolph
True, so true. But watch going forward as keynote statements from the DemocRATS are made by Hoyer, not Pelosi.

Nancy lost more than just an election when Murtha lost.

28 posted on 11/26/2006 4:26:25 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: peyton randolph
Hey, Steny Hoyer is a nice man for a Democrat. He can't help it if he's a corrupt Maryland sleazeball politician. However, Hoyer is old school corrupt Maryland sleazeball politician and knows that radical changes in the system are not good for machine politicians.

Pelosi, on the other hand, is a fanatic, and doesn't understand what it's like to run a proper political machine. George Washington Plunkitt, the famed New York Tammany Hall Democratic leader of the last century, would scratch his head at her and her city. She thinks she is the soul of the Democratic Party, and disloyalty to her is disloyalty to the Party. She's not.

Like the Republicans, the Democrats are a coalition of smaller parties that work together because of the United States' electoral system.

I'm glad Steny is Majority Leader and not that disloyalist Murtha.
29 posted on 11/26/2006 8:48:27 AM PST by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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