Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Bush says proponents of House resolution oppose plan before it has 'chance to work'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Wednesday said the non-binding resolution about his revised war strategy now being discussed on the House floor "opposes our new plan in Iraq before it has a chance to work."
"People were prejudging the outcome of this. They have every right to express their opinion, and it is a nonbinding resolution," said Bush, who is backing a plan to deploy 21,500 more troops to Iraq.
He said he hopes that the the nonbinding resolution "doesn't try to turn into a binding policy that prevents our troops from doing that which I have asked them to do."
"I understand the Congress is going to express their opinion. And, it's very clear where the Democrats are and some Republicans. I know that. They didn't like the decision I made. And by the way, that doesn't mean that I think that they're, you know, not good, honorable citizens of the country. Just had a different opinion.
"I considered some of their opinions and felt like it would not lead to a country that could govern itself, sustain itself, and be an ally in the war on terror."
Bush also referred to how Congress will respond to "a piece of legislation that is binding."
He was referring to a "bill providing emergency funding for our troops.
Our troops are counting on their elected leaders in Washington, D.C., to provide them with the support they need to do their mission."
"We have a responsibility, all of us here in Washington, to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the resources and the flexibility they need to prevail," he said.
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