Responses from the Hill

In case you're wondering who on Capitol Hill stands where on the "surge," here's a select round-up of rebuttals and prebuttals to Bush's plan: U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Nev.): The President has articulated a fundamental change in strategy designed to win the war in Iraq … and I believe it is an intelligent approach." U.S. Sen. ...

In case you're wondering who on Capitol Hill stands where on the "surge," here's a select round-up of rebuttals and prebuttals to Bush's plan:

In case you're wondering who on Capitol Hill stands where on the "surge," here's a select round-up of rebuttals and prebuttals to Bush's plan:

U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Nev.):

The President has articulated a fundamental change in strategy designed to win the war in Iraq … and I believe it is an intelligent approach."

U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.):

[A] dangerously wrong-headed strategy that will drive America deeper into an unwinnable swamp…."

U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVa.):

The escalation of forces into Baghdad has been tried…. The President has unveiled a plan that continues to chase his Iraq fantasy…."

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):

The President has not offered a new direction, instead he will continue to take us down the wrong road – only faster."

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC):

I was pleased to hear that the president plans to assign additional troops to provide on-the-ground security…."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):

President Bush makes a very persuasive case for strategy change."

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT):

I applaud the President for … pursuing a new course to achieve success in Iraq…. [T]he President has offered a comprehensive program to chart a new course in … winning."

U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA):

I oppose the so-called surge…. Our efforts in Iraq are a mess, and throwing in more troops will not improve it."

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH):

This Administration is preparing to escalate the conflict."

U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH):

I commend the President for recognizing that recent strategies have often failed to meet our expectations."

What's your reaction? Readers, email Passport with your thoughts on the surge.

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