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Pelosi comments draw White House ire

WASHINGTON – In a critique the White House labeled as “poisonous,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi charged Friday that President Bush is wading too deeply into Iraq and said it should not be “an obligation of the American people in perpetuity.”

Pelosi said Bush “has dug a hole so deep he can’t even see the light on this. It’s a tragedy. It’s a stark blunder.”

Democratic support is building around a resolution that would rebuff Bush’s plans for more troops to Iraq, and more Republicans are looking for ways to sign on to the measure.

Senate Democrats, backed by two Republicans, unveiled legislation Wednesday that criticized Bush’s decision. “It is not in the national interest of the United States to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by escalating the United States military force presence in Iraq,” the nonbinding Senate measure states.

Pelosi’s attack came as Lee Hamilton, the Democratic co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, told a House panel that Bush’s plan to deploy 21,500 additional troops to secure Baghdad and Anbar province would delay progress in training Iraqi security forces.

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group recommended removing U.S. combat troops by early next year, and changing the U.S. mission from security to training and logistical support of Iraqi troops.

“You delay the date of completion of the training mission. You delay the date of handing responsibility to the Iraqis. You delay the date of departure of U.S. troops” from the region, Hamilton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the buildup.

Bush and senior administration officials have been laboring to limit Republican defections.

Administration supporters have expressed concerns the president faces a bipartisan repudiation of significant proportions.

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