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Lawmakers Seek Details on Iraq Strategy

Lawmakers will keep pressing the Bush administration until they get a detailed explanation of its strategy in Iraq, a senator said Wednesday, opening a second day of sometimes contentious hearings on the increasingly violent occupation.

Citing a host of questions about the planned transfer of power in Baghdad June 30, Sen. Dick Lugar said his Senate Foreign Relations Committee “will be persistent in asking these questions and others because the Americans should have the opportunity to understand the administration’s plan and to carefully monitor its progress.” Later Wednesday, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was appearing before another panel of lawmakers, a day after he irritated some senators with a half-hour speech on how brutal Saddam Hussein was, and how much better off Iraq was without him. Full Story

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