Pelosi Becomes a Believer on Baghdad Trip

Staunch war critic optimistic about upcoming election
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 12:12 PM CDT
In this image released by the Iraqi government, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meet in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Iraqi Government HO)
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(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi visited Iraq today, and the staunch war critic said she liked what she heard. After meeting with several top Iraqi and US officials, including Nouri al-Maliki and David Petraeus, Pelosi emerged optimistic about the upcoming provincial elections. She also praised Baghdad for passing a budget and oil legislation, the AP reports.

“We're assured the elections will happen here, they will be transparent, they will be inclusive and they will take Iraq closer to the reconciliation we all want it to have,” the House speaker said.