First she's against it.
Then she's for it.
Now, she's against it again.
What's a blue dog to do?:
Read it all here.
During a debate with Janklow, Herseth said she supported congressional action to eliminate threats to national security. She spoke of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader and long-time villain to the United States government.and...
"I agree wholeheartedly that we need a regime change in Iraq," she said at the time.
But an acceptable course of action would come only after exhausting diplomatic options.
As a new member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, one of her first moves on the job was making a trip to Iraq to meet South Dakota troops and talk with military leaders and citizens of the country.
The subject on her mind with local troops: "Visit about their needs and the resources needed to complete the mission."
Yet there is still a hawkish side of Herseth on the war. That was evident last June when she joined 41 House Democrats saying they supported completing the mission in order to "create a sovereign, free, secure and united Iraq."
When Herseth announced her decision last week to oppose troop increases, she spoke about her process in deciding. "After carefully reviewing the president's proposal to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, hearing testimony from senior members of the military, and speaking with many South Dakotans who have served or who have loved ones who are serving in the war on terror, I remain unconvinced that sending additional troops to Iraq is the best way forward."