Musgrave ‘discouraged’ by Iraq war |

Musgrave ‘discouraged’ by Iraq war

FORT COLLINS ” GOP Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave says she is “discouraged” by developments the war in Iraq but believes the buildup of U.S. troops has helped the security situation there.

“I do hope we will hear good things from Gen. (David) Petraeus about the troop surge and what it has done, but I am discouraged,” Musgrave told the Fort Collins Coloradoan editorial board in a story published Thursday.

Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker are due to report next month on how much progress is being made with the buildup. The United States now has about 162,000 troops in Iraq.

Musgrave has been a supporter of the war. In previous statements she has said the U.S. needs to “adapt to win” and has warned that abandoning the war would “embolden the terrorists.”

She told the Coloradoan an American withdrawal from Iraq could lead to more violence but the “American people get their way.”

In an Associated Press-Ipsos poll this month, only 39 percent of the respondents said they supported the war while 58 percent said they opposed it.

Musgrave predicted the U.S. would announce a troop reduction soon.

“We may be talking very differently in the next few months about the situation in Iraq,” she said.

Musgrave said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government has made little progress in unifying the country politically.

Three Democrats have announced plans to run against Musgrave next year ” Eric Eidsness, Betsy Markey and Angie Paccione ” and all said her concerns about the prospects of success in Iraq came too late.

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