Pence Discusses Iraq to Boost American Morale
Headed back to Iraq on a fact-finding mission in a few weeks, Congressman Mike Pence told Wapahani High School students Wednesday it would be a mistake to withdraw American troops amid growing anti-war protests.
"Iraq would fall back into the hands of a murdering dictatorship," said Pence, explaining that withdrawing American troops would undo work already done and destroy Iraqis' hope for democracy.
Amber Salyer, a Wapahani High School senior, asked Pence what he thought of protests by Cindy Sheehan, who camped out recently next to President Bush's ranch. Sheehan is seeking the immediate withdrawal of American troops. Her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq last year.
Pence said he respected Sheehan's right to speak her mind, but the congressman said people should not forget that Iraq is "still the central battlefield in the war against terror."
Referring to recent comments by President Bush and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, Pence said, "We will draw down troops at a time their army stands up."