August 8th, 2007
04:15 PM ET
13 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. J, CO

    As a dem, I really never liked Pelosi. More retoric than action.

    She has provided no leadership to Congress and provided no plan of action. I do believe the current "troop surge" is neglible for the true underlying problem, but Pelosi continues to let the real problem go unchecked.

    For all of the non-military/DoD folks reading – part of the so-called surge is the extention of troops already there to increase the force in the AOR. So its not technically a surge at all.

    The only troop surge that will "win" the war would send the mid east into chaos (political and maybe militarily) – and thats an occupation force consisting of 150 to 200 thousand troops – a la WWII. If you really want that – get ready for a new draft.

    August 9, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Karl, Lawrence, KS

    Hey Nancy- not only is the surge failing, but so is the House under your tenure.

    August 9, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Jared, Raleigh NC

    Does anyone else find it funny that the Iraq war will be "front and center" after their vacation? I am now convinced that all parties are nothing more than rhetoric on the real issues in America. It took President Bush threatening to not let them leave before they put a passible law on his desk about eavesdropping or extended the current law.

    While men and women are in harms way/illegal immigrants still cross the borders in massive numbers/and the healthcare system remains a joke, Congress will be enjoying their lifestyles for a month. How convenient.

    How does Nancy Pelosi, (I refuse to call her madam anything after all her rhetoric when dems took over and since then nothing has been accomplished), how does she know more about the progress in Iraq than the ground commanders giving the report? Seems like a cheap attempt to raise their approval rating, oh yes which was the lowest in history, lower than President Bush who seems to be gaining a little again.

    Or maybe she is getting the intel from Syria since she is such good friends with them.

    Anyhow, where's ROSS PEROT when you need him?

    August 9, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    The Republicans are going to kill the Democrats on this one.

    My guess is this is the last time you will hear any unsolilcited comments from this windbag.

    August 9, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. spinstopper

    As defined by her pride in the accomplishments of this Congress. Failure must be a good thing.

    August 9, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. steve, Bakersfield

    Colin Stephen

    You will always have a few low-lifes who make themselves visible. As in all, you can focus on the negative or you can focus on the positive while making a public example of the few who are haters.

    August 9, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    This war was just plain wrong from the start... no threat to the U.S.... no connection to 9/11.... no weapons of mass destruction... we made the U.N. weapons inspectors leave Iraq so we could start bombing... no quada in Iraq until we had been there awhile... ANYBODY who can stop this killing for oil has my support!

    August 9, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Bill Santa Fe, NM

    "How does Nancy Pelosi, (I refuse to call her madam anything after all her rhetoric when dems took over and since then nothing has been accomplished)"
    I think she is the MADAM of the democratic party!

    August 9, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Then why did Pelosi give Bush money for the failing surge?

    August 10, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Lionel Red, Chino, Ca

    The surge is working! Shame on Nanci Palosi.
    My great appreciation and respect are for the our soldiers. Respect is due for them, and shame for Palosi.
    I am an evangelical Chistian and therefore a pacifist. But when something is obvious, then it should be state so.

    August 15, 2007 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  11. Dick Rudolph, Portland, Oregon

    The propaganda that the surge is working is an obvious attempt of the administrations attempt to continue to mislead the American people. Everything about the Iraq war is failed and a orderly withdrawal is the only intelligent course.

    August 18, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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