Tweet "Al-Maliki's visit, meanwhile, prompted a sharply worded letter from leading Senate Democrats saying it is essential that the Iraqi leader clarify, before his Wednesday address to Congress, whether he supports or denounces Hezbollah's attacks against Israel."
"Your failure to condemn Hezbollah's aggression and recognize Israel's right to defend itself raises serious questions about whether Iraq under your leadership can play a constructive role in resolving the current crisis and bringing stability to the Middle East," said the letter obtained by The Associated Press. It was signed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Charles Schumer of New York."
"Al-Maliki has condemned Israel's offensive and has said he plans to tell Bush personally that the United States and the international community have not done enough to stop it.
Democrats also asserted Monday that the fierce fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants was turning attention of Americans away from the fact that conditions continue to deteriorate in Iraq."