Friday, November 03, 2006

Kilroy to Pryce: Denounce Boehner’s Negative Comments about U.S. Generals

COLUMBUS -- Today, Mary Jo Kilroy, Franklin County commissioner and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, called on Deborah Pryce to denounce Republican Majority Leader Congressman John Boehner’s comments blaming U.S. generals for the chaos in Iraq.

During an interview with CNN, Boehner said, “Let’s not blame what’s happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld… But the fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president.” [New York Times, “Bush, Trying to Rally Base, Defends Rumsfeld,” 11/2/06]

“Boehner’s comment was a direct swipe at the troops and military leaders fighting this war,” Kilroy said. “They would rather blame our troops for the problems in Iraq than accept their role in the chaos of the war.”

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]

“Deborah Pryce, George Bush and John Boehner refuse to hold Donald Rumsfeld accountable for the lack of planning and failed execution of the war in Iraq,” Kilroy said. “Instead of holding one of their own accountable, Boehner would rather blame the U.S. generals working hard in Iraq to accomplish their mission. Deborah Pryce should immediately repudiate these terrible remarks Boehner, one of her fellow members of Republican leadership, made.”

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