By Scott Helman
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed frustration yesterday at the public perception that Democrats in Congress had failed to end the war in
In an hourlong interview with the editorial board of The Boston Globe, Pelosi said responsibility for the war no longer lay just with President Bush but with her Republican counterparts on Capitol Hill, who she said are more interested in protecting Bush than working to redeploy the 169,000 American troops now in Iraq.
'We have to make it very clear to the American people that it was George Bush's war [but] it is now the Republicans in Congress's war,' she said.
The perception among many Americans, she said, is that Democrats, despite leading Congress since January, had failed to make meaningful progress toward ending the war, which they promised to do after winning both chambers of Congress in last fall's elections.
'They think we just aren't doing it, and that's good for Republicans,' Pelosi said.
Just 24 percent of respondents in a
Pelosi said Democrats had been willing to work with Republicans to find common ground on
'The Republicans in the Senate have guarded the gate,' Pelosi said.
While the administration envisions a lasting troop presence in