Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just returned from a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. She sat down with NPR’s Renee Montagne, who asked her for one word to describe the situation in Iraq.

“Chaotic,” Pelosi said. “What is happening in Iraq is chaos.” She went on to say that after nearly four years in Iraq, “We just have to end it.”

While there, she met with various Iraqi and American officials, including the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki. She said that in all of her conversations, she was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a political strategy in Iraq to go along with the military strategy. She said that Maliki told her that the increased number of U.S. troops in Baghdad had to be successful in the next four to six months in securing the Iraqi capital.

“Everyone that we spoke to said that this escalation that the president is engaged in is the one last chance,” she said, adding, “Many did not believe it would be successful.”

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