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Slaughter: No Real Debate on Iraq War

By Max Cacas

Washington, DC – The US House of Representatives is expected to wrap up 10 hours of debate over a resolution supporting the Iraq war with a final vote Friday. But one veteran New York lawmaker complains that the House didn't hold a real debate on the war.

Democrat Louise Slaughter says the resolution doesn't allow a vigorous, overdue debate over legitimate concerns about the Iraq War.

"Not one person here from either party will be able to amend this resolution," Slaughter said. "Now why would the Republicans do this? Could it be they're not interested in addressing the serious questions in a forthright way?" Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, believes the best course is to stick to the present policy in Iraq, and give our troops the same support they got in World War II.

"When the 101st went into northern Europe, they had a united American public," Hunter said. "Let's give the 101st Airborne in that tough Sunni Triangle the same support we gave them in Europe -- a united American public and a united Congress."

A final vote on the House Iraq resolution is expected to take place Friday.