Congressman Leonard Boswell says he’s looking forward to being a part of the discussion over moving the country closer to energy independence. Iowa’s third district congressman has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Boswell says it’s important to become independent from oil-producing countries.

“They’ve got us in bondage,” Boswell says. “They can put pressure on us, they can raise the price…and they’ve got a very good position because the energy uses in China and India are on a fast upswing.” Boswell isn’t a fan of proposals to send more troops to Iraq. He says the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is being used as a rallying point to recruit more terrorists, but the retired military officer says we can’t change the fact that there have always been factions there that didn’t get along and it’s up to them to get together.

Boswell says he hears talk of sending more American troops over into that situation, but “when they’ve got a civil-war type situation going on, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.” Boswell says Bush Administration officials have told him more than 300-thousand Iraqi police and soldiers have been trained and equipped and, if that’s the case, he’d like to see a plan for the U.S. soldiers to get out.