August 8th, 2007
04:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Pelosi: Surge still failing

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told CNN in an interview Thursday that the surge in Iraq "has not accomplished its goal," and the first item on her agenda after the recess will be the war in Iraq.

When the House reconvenes in September, Pelosi says Iraq will be "front and center."

She also told CNN that there will be a new "political standard" set for the war, the surge, and the Iraqi government.

Speaker Pelosi also offered a prediction for the 2008 congressional elections, proclaiming, "I have absolutely no doubt that we will keep the majority in the House and grow it."

- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Justin Kane, Hudson MA

    What a suprise that Nancy Pelosi is decrying the surge as a failure, because she knows that when it does work, it will be a huge blow to the Democrats. This kind of negativitey is very harmful to our soldiers who see this and wonder if anyone in America actually supports them and thinks that they can do their jobs. Shame on her.

    August 8, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    On Thursday, August 16 at noon, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI) will release a report on the costs of the Iraq war, and alternative uses for the money in America for Americans.

    August 8, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Wonder what "surge" she is talking about because MOST are now reporting that the surge is reaping benefits. The New York Times of all papers has recently suggested that the surge IS working and that the situation appears to be improving.

    This is PROOF that Democratic leaders are not acting in the best interests of the American people. They are so focused on trying to win the presidential election that they are trying to poison the average American's impressions of the extremely important battle in Iraq.

    THIS will come back to haunt the Democrats in the election because there can be NO doubt now that the Democrats have chosen selfish political interests over the health and well being of the American people.


    August 8, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Pelosi who?

    August 8, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. DPC, TX

    Pelosi is off her rocker. Technically, the surge barely began. Anything for a political chip with Pelosi.

    August 8, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Rod C. Venger, Colorado Springs, CO.

    Madame Speaker should remember that old adage about throwing living in glass houses and throwing stones. Under her gentle tutelage, the US House didn't accomplish one single agenda item that swept the Democrats into power. Pelosi should focus on her own failure and nevermind the status of the surge. And frankly, when she becomes President, then she'll be in a position to second-guess the real thing. -USAPatriot

    August 8, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Paul, Kissimmee Fla.

    How much cheerleading is this woman going to do for our troops to fail? She is a disgrace.

    August 8, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Keep up the pressure on Iraq–Work for Peace just as hard as we Work for War. When Winning = Peace then we all win and there are no enemies. Is Viet Nam our enemy?
    We put terrorism into Iraq now we can learn how to put it out. When we put terrorism out with People seeking Peace then we will put terrorism out worldwide. 🙂

    August 8, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Jesse Saltsburg, PA

    Nancy is correct. A successful surge would indicate that the Iraqis made the important political reconciliations while the surge, a temporary spiked force and security build up occurred. The Iraqis did practically nothing and the surge cannot continue indefinitely.

    August 8, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    The death toll will drop in Iraq as time goes on as things become more segregated and there are fewer sectarian enemies alive to kill each other.

    That doesn't mean that the surge has worked, it just means that more people are dead.

    The Iraqi parliment refuses to sign Bush's "oil law" which is the only benchmark that Bush cares about. If a foreign power was trying to steal 80% of my only valuable natural resource in the name of EXXON, MOBILE and BP, I'd be pretty reluctant to participate too.

    What I want to know is why isn't CNN and the other media outlets reporting more about the reason Iraq's parliment keeps walking out.

    Do the research and you'll see it's the oil law.

    August 8, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Craig, Austin Texas

    Please pick up a newspaper and read it.
    You're behind the times.
    Its working.

    August 8, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Mike, HI

    And why wasn't Iraq "front and center" back in January? I'd imagine we could have most of our men and women home by now.

    August 8, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  13. CMS, California

    Of course she will keep it on the agenda. She doesnt want the next dim Prez to take the hit for losing the war.

    Think about it people. Its time for a 3rd party to unite the American middle and counter the status quo.

    August 9, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  14. James, New York, NY

    A new political standard? Would this look anything like the civility and dignity the Democrats pledged to bring to the Congress?

    Perhaps it would resemble the pledge by Congress to wait to act until after General Patraeus reports back to congress?

    The bottom line is, no matter what the political party you still get a bunch of BS promises and excuses. The day there are true bi-partisan politics will probably be the same day hell freezes over.

    August 9, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  15. James, New York, NY

    Good job CNN for censoring what was a semi-well thought out comment on this blog. Your powers of censorship and spin never cease to amaze me

    August 9, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    It would seem you have been a victim of lag. Gotta love it :p

    August 9, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  17. Dave Merrill, Bothell, Washington

    I wish the politicians would stop being so negative and give our troops a chance. They are not even giving the military the time that Congress alotted before they are calling for withdrawal.

    August 9, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  18. ds Las Vegas NV

    The first Speaker in United States history to want an american military defeat so her political party can increase it's majority. I fear for our nation.

    August 9, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  19. Mrs. America

    I'd suggest Speaker Pelosi et al do some deep thinking on caving in to Pres. Bush, once again, just before they all took off for vacation. Six months ago I had great expectations of Ms. Pelosi and the Democratically controlled congress. Now, her talk is about as cheap as Bush's. So, what do we have to look forward to? These are sad days in America.

    August 9, 2007 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  20. Colin Stephen

    When you have a Minorty that do this , How do you win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people when a minorty of your Troops bring shame to all of the Coalition forces by doing this for fun ...

    All this does is give ammunition and support to the insurgents and bin ladens followers ..

    August 9, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. Mike: Dallas Tx

    I think Nancy Pelosi is more of a threat to americans than any terrorists. She proved last week when they broke the law and changed a vote that she can't be trusted. We voted democrat last time it was a Mistake that we won't make Again

    August 9, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. Chris Virginia

    The Democrats are in a bit of a hard position here... First off they can't stop funding for the war because Bush would keep troops in Iraq as long as possible causing them to have little supplies and be prone to more attacks. By maintaining the funding the Democrats are showing that they support the troops NOT the war. This is going to be a huge misconception in the upcoming election. Republicans are going to say that Democrats had the opportunity to fix Iraq and they voted to keep spending on it as well as a "surge". Basically the Democrats are in darned if they do and darned if they don't. I do think our country is better run by Democrats than Republican however politics has a funny way of working out.

    August 9, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Maybe Nancy can head back to Syria?? I wonder why the State Department never went after her for this – she broke the law....and walks away scott free – lets enforce the law and let the liberals know there are bad people in the world.....there are people with background information and intelligence reports who know what they are doing – time for Nancy to go.

    August 9, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. ReadBtwthlins

    Your liberal house has been ranked as the worst ever recorded.

    Congradulations Nancy..

    August 9, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Chip Celina OH

    Wouldn't it be nice to have some kind of 'BS' filter for anyone in Washington that opens their mouth? This gossip culture that we've fallen into is so detrimental to any hope of progress.
    What metrics did she use for evaluation? Has there been time to assess the effectiveness?

    Does she even have the expertise to make this proclamation?

    August 9, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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