Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bush holds first meeting with terror war consulting group

(White House-AP) March 1, 2007 - President Bush has held his first meeting with a group designed to bring his administration and lawmakers closer together on the war on terror.

The opening subject: the battle against a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.

Vice President Cheney, who's just back from Afghanistan, took part in the session - as did congressional leaders of both parties.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a "good start". And Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said the tone was "upbeat" and "amicable."

Pelosi says the meeting represented the kind of consultation that's been sorely lacking on Iraq.

Bush announced his acceptance of the idea for these sessions as he unveiled his Iraq troop buildup plan last month.

No word when the panel will meet again - and or when it will take up Iraq.

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