A push is underway to have actress Angelina Jolie testify before the House Armed Services Committeee, which is chaired by Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton, according to Air Force Times:
Jolie, a United Nations goodwill ambassador, wrote in an opinion column for the Feb. 28 issue of The Washington Post that she has seen improvements in Iraq as the U.S., U.N. and Iraqi government “have begun to work together in new and important ways.”
Jolie said the buildup of U.S. forces appears to be working and that troops she spoke with on a recent visit wanted to see the mission through.
“When I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq,” she wrote.
That column prompted Rep. Thelma Drake, R-Va., to ask the armed services committee chairman to invite Jolie to testify.
“Sadly, Ms. Jolie’s positive perspective on the current security situation in Iraq has gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream press,” Drake said in a letter to Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the committee chairman.
A spokeswoman for Skelton said the chairman had not yet seen the letter.