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Anti-Surge Senate Troika
Hagel, Levin, Biden Resolution Makes Big Waves in Washington
01/17/2007 5:48 PM ET
It's fun to imagine the panic rippling through the West Wing, or the hushed tones of political wrangling on Capitol Hill, in response to the proposed anti-surge resolution.

Even though the resolution would have no legally binding powers, it makes clear that the president has a huge political problem on his hands.

Biden, Hagel, and Levin's official statements are below, and full text of the resolution is attached.

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE): "I believe that when a President goes way off course on something as important as Iraq, the single most effective way to get him to change course is to demonstrate that his policy has waning or no support - from both parties. This resolution says what we, Democrats and Republicans, are against: deepening America's military involvement in Iraq by escalating our troop presence. It also says what we are for: a strategy that can produce a political solution to stop the violence."

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE): "The resolution we are introducing today is responsible, forward-looking, bipartisan and constructive. The Iraq war is the most important issue facing America today and the Congress must be engaged in this debate. This resolution engages the Congress in that debate."

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): "The resolution would send a clear, bipartisan message that Congress does not support the plan for escalation because it is based on the false premise that there is a military solution to the violence and instability in Iraq, when what is needed is a political solution among the Iraqi leaders and factions."



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