Monday, October 30, 2006

PRYCE IS WRONG: ON THE WAR IN IRAQ

KILROY CALLS FOR RUMSFELD’S RESIGNATION, CHALLENGES PRYCE TO DO THE SAME

COLUMBUS, OH -- Today, Mary Jo Kilroy, Franklin County commissioner and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, challenged Deborah Pryce to call for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation after 100 American troops have died in combat in Iraq this month.

“Rumsfeld should be removed from his post as Secretary of Defense. He has failed to provide adequate leadership in the Administration, failed to provide and execute a plan to end the war, and failed to provide a realistic assessment of what is going on in Iraq,” Kilroy said. “If Deborah Pryce truly feels the war was not well planned and it is not going well she should demand a change in course and a change in leadership. She should join me in calling for Rumsfeld’s resignation.”

Pryce admitted to the Wall Street Journal that she has never questioned the Bush Administration’s handling of the war, and thinks Rumsfeld is doing a good job.

“On Iraq, for example, Ms. Pryce says: ‘People know there’s no real answer. They don’t really ask about it unless they want to complain about it.’ On the future of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld she says: ‘He knows the intricacies of this war, it’s his war, why put somebody else in there to finish it up?’...About conversations with the White House, she says, ‘If I did see something glaringly wrong, I would not hesitate to bring it up.’ Yet when pressed, she admits: ‘I can’t say I have called them out on how they are conducting the war. No I haven’t.’” [ Wall Street Journal, “Ohio House Race is Brutal Test,” 8/31/06]

“If there is a difficult question to be asked in Washington, you can rest assured Deborah Pryce will not be asking it,” Kilroy said. “Pryce can not offer a realistic assessment of the war in Iraq, nor can she provide the leadership to hold the Bush Administration accountable for a plan to end the war in Iraq. If Pryce thinks the war was not well planned nor going well, but continues to support Rumsfeld and never asks the Bush Administration questions about how they planned and executed the war, she should not be in Congress.”

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