Duckworth Bucks Bush on Iraq War
Krol, Eric, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eric Krol Daily Herald Political Writer
Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday the Iraq conflict is not part of the war on terror, taking the opposite view of President Bush and her Republican opponent.
"I absolutely do not agree that Iraq is part of the war on terror," said Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, at a news conference in Oakbrook Terrace. "I think a very small percentage of what's happening in Iraq is terrorist activity. I think most of it is sectarian violence. It's Sunni fighting Shiites."
That view drew a raised eyebrow from her Republican opponent Peter Roskam.
"The notion that theater of conflict (in Iraq) is de-coupled from the war on terror, I just disagree with that," said Roskam, a state senator from Wheaton. "I'm actually surprised she would say that."
Roskam agrees with Bush, who stressed in his Monday speech commemorating the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that Iraq is a key front in the war on terror. …