Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have insisted that America has done nothing to improve the situation in Iraq, with Reid even going so far as to declare the war lost and refuses to believe assessments from General David Petraeus. Pelosi takes a much simpler approach and avoids him:
As the House and Senate prepare to vote this week on the final conference report on the $124 billion troop funding bill — which would also mandate that U.S. combat troops begin withdrawing from Iraq on Oct. 1 at the latest — Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to come to the Hill tomorrow to brief lawmakers on the progress of the recent troop escalation.
ABC News has learned, however, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will not attend the briefing.
"She can't make the briefing tomorrow," a Democratic aide told ABC News Tuesday evening. "But she spoke with the general via phone today at some length."
A Pelosi aide said the speaker on Tuesday requested a one-on-one meeting with Petraeus but that could not be worked out. He said their phone conversation lasted 30 minutes.
What is so important that Pelosi could not attend a briefing on progress in Iraq? What does this say about the Democratic leadership, when Pelosi cannot find time in her schedule to listen to the lead man in Iraq (but seems to have time for Bashar Assad), and Reid cannot bring himself to listen to commanders in the field? Iraq is the most pressing issue facing the United States. Certainly the Democrats believe this, since they've made it a point to force the U.S. into a position of retreat. If this is the face of the Democratic leadership, than neither deserve to hold their position.