Republican Congressman Jim Leach says the country seems to him “truly divided” over the war in Iraq. Leach says “we’re unclear of exactly the course of action we should take; we’re unclear of what the future’s going to bring, but we’re totally clear” in our support for the troops. Leach says no one in the American military is trained to deal with the kind of anarchy they’re facing in Iraq.Leach says Americans have a sense of the national challenge the war presents, with what he calls “honest divisions.” Leach says that was driven home to him when he attended the funeral of an Iowa National Guard soldier killed in Iraq. Leach says Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Smith was considered the best of his rank in the military, and Leach says he was “incredibly impressed with how the community rallied to respect for his sacrifice even though there were a number in the community that might not think we should be involved in the war.” Leach says “there is not a soul” who does not honor the commitment and sacrifice of American soldiers, but he says “America is truly divided” over the war.
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