House Prepares for Debate on Iraq Policy
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Joining us now, as she does every Monday, is NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts. Good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Renee.
MONTAGNE: So for much of the week the House will debate Iraq policy. But the outcome of that debate hardly seems in doubt, Cokie.
ROBERTS: Now the Republicans will have an opportunity to write their own resolution. But, as you say, many Republican members are likely to go along with the Democrats because their voters are not happy with the way the war is going. But the Republican leadership is trying to combat that, come up with a resolution of its own, and at least have the debate, which will be going on for several days here, reflect the president's policy in some way that is favorable to the president.
MONTAGNE: And why is the House able to move along like this when the Senate is still seems to be at an impasse.
ROBERTS: Now, sometimes they're oddly deliberative. And I think that can be said about this resolution. There will be many senators who voted against it before they vote for it. But they now do expect to get to some votes on resolutions in the Senate easy this week, or next as well.
MONTAGNE: So Congress is debating Iraq. The White House, for its part, seems to want to be talking about nothing but Iran these last few days and its alleged involvement in helping Shia militias in Iraq. What's going on there?
ROBERTS: The Iranian government has denied it all, says the U.S. is trying to build a case against Iran. And is worried - there's some worry about that here as well. That the United States is putting together intelligence to go into Iran in the same way that they did into Iraq a few years ago. The administration has adamantly denied that.
MONTAGNE: Well, if it has no intention of invading Iran, where is this campaign, if you will, against Iran and its leaders headed?
ROBERTS: Well, it's hard to say. But it's likely to be to the allies in Europe to keep up pressure against Iran, and to the Iranian government itself to back down on its nuclear development. And so some extent that seems to be working, Renee. There's been conciliatory noises out of Tehran over the weekend about its nuclear program.
MONTAGNE: Cokie, thanks very much. NPR's Cokie Roberts.
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