Pelosi Continues Push for Diplomatic Resolution to Iraq Situation

Posted March 6, 2003 at 11:50am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated her opposition to a war against Iraq on Thursday, saying President Bush has not yet made the case that military action is necessary.

“I do not support going to war now,” said Pelosi. “I don’t think we have exhausted every remedy.”

Pelosi made it clear she doesn’t oppose war under any circumstances, but believes all diplomatic and other means have not been fully employed to disarm Saddam Hussein. She stressed, however, that if war were to be pursued, she would be 100 percent supportive of American troops deployed to the region.

The California lawmaker was one of 126 Democrats who voted against last year’s resolution giving Bush authority to use force against Iraq. She said she sees no reason to revisit that vote, which was successful.

The new Minority Leader just returned from a weekend trip in the Middle East, where she visited military facilities and U.S. armed forces. She will speak to the Council on Foreign Relations tomorrow about the looming war, as well as broader U.S. foreign policy.

That speech, she said, will focus more on themes, rather than specifics. In particular, Pelosi said she plans to discuss the role the United States can play globally in making a safer and better future, as well as key principles of peace and human rights.

Pelosi said if Bush decides to press ahead with a war in Iraq, she would hope it would be with the support of the United Nations.

“America is strongest when it works cooperatively with our friends in the world,” she said.