By Jeremy Herb - 01/19/12 09:34 PM EST
A Hunter aide said the resolution has 52 co-sponsors, including seven Democrats, and more are expected to sign on before the resolution is introduced next week.
The word victory — which was absent from most congressional statements on the end of the war — is also not in the Iraq resolution, though it “recognizes the success of the United States Armed Forces in operations against a dangerous and determined enemy.”
Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said the intention of the resolution
was to express gratitude to U.S. troops.
“Regardless of where anyone stands on whether we can claim victory or not, there’s no disagreement on the fact that our military men and women deserve our thanks,” he said.
While it was Democrats who were often critical of the Iraq War as it wore on, some Republicans said last year that Obama shouldn’t have withdrawn all U.S. troops from Iraq.
They argued that withdrawing the troops went against the advice of U.S. generals and created the potential for the country to destabilize. The administration said it had no choice after Iraq would not allow U.S. troops immunity from Iraqi courts.