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News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Pelosi: Text of Privileged Resolution Calling for Oversight and Investigation into Justification for Iraq War

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor this morning calling on the House to fulfill its oversight responsibilities and investigate the justification for the Iraq war. Below is the text of the privileged resolution:

Whereas the war in Iraq has resulted in the loss of over 2,000 American lives and more than 15,000 wounded soldiers, and has cost the American people $190 billion dollars;

Whereas the basis for going to war was Iraq’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the President made a series of misleading statements regarding threats posed by Iraq, but no weapons of mass destruction have been found;

Whereas the Republican Leadership and Committee Chairmen have repeatedly denied requests by Democratic Members to complete an investigation of pre-war intelligence on Iraq and have ignored the question of whether that intelligence was manipulated for political purposes;

Whereas the Vice President’s Chief of Staff Lewis Libby has been indicted on five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in connection with the disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative, and that disclosure was part of a pattern of Administration efforts to discredit critics of the Iraq war;

Whereas four separate requests to hold hearings on the disclosure of the CIA operative were denied in the Government Reform Committee, and Resolutions of Inquiry were rejected in the Intelligence, Judiciary, Armed Services, and International Relations Committees;

Whereas the American people have spent $20.9 billion dollars to rebuild Iraq with much of the money squandered on no-bid contracts for Halliburton and other favored contractors;

Whereas Halliburton received a sole-source contract worth $7 billion to implement the restoration of Iraq’s oil infrastructure, and a senior Army Corps of Engineers official wrote that the sole-source contract was “coordinated with the Vice President’s office


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The motion was ruled out of order and Pelosi's appeal was tabled.

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

Sure, go ahead and encourage her for doing the right thing at long last. But don't confuse opportunistic responsiveness (and some short-term fear of an enraged electorate) with leadership.

Bloggers here and elsewhere deserve far more credit for leadership that Nancy Pelosi ever will. She and other Dems (with very few honorable exceptions) are merely taking advantage of a phenomenon in which they played almost no constructive part -- i.e., the increasing unpopularity of the current administration's policies and actions.

The American electorate is too forgetful and forgiving, allowing the whole pack of slimy scoundrels to get away with minor variations on the same old platitudinous deceits, corrupt practices and non-representational governance over and over again.

For whatever reason she did not cosponsor H.Res 375. After and only after the Democratic Senators performed their belated stand in the Senate she deemed it appropriate for her actions. No this women will not get any thanks or kudos from me.

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