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Sen. Smith: Bush's new Iraq strategy a 'Hail Mary pass'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Gordon Smith, a Oregon Republican who has been critical of the Iraq war, called President Bush's new Iraq strategy a "Hail Mary pass" and that the Iraqi Army must "catch the ball."

"Iraqis need to be their own street cops, not U.S. forces, Smith said in a statement. "We are extending an ineffective tactic to further the status quo. Iraqis must be the ones to settle their own peace.

Although a critic of the president, Smith said he opposed efforts in Congress to de-fund the war effort.

"As long as the Commander in Chief orders our armed forces into harms way, the Congress should extend blue chip financing to our troops," Smith said. "De-funding their bullets is dishonorable and deadly."

-- CNN.com Senior Political Producer Scott Anderson
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