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Slaughter, Higgins Oppose President's Troop Surge

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Western New York's two Democratic representatives in Congress are skeptical of President Bush's plan to send more troops to combat the insurgency in Iraq.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said adding more troops hasn't worked before and won't work this time.

"An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose President Bush's handling of the war and oppose any further escalation in troop levels," Slaughter said. "Sending more of our men and women in uniform to Iraq will not change the fact that we are caught in the middle of a civil war that can only be ended by political negotiations."

Congressman Brian Higgins, who traveled to Iraq on a fact-finding mission last year, said the President's proposal of a "troop surge" is troubling. He said sending more troops to Iraq will only serve to inflame anti-American sentiments.