"More than on either of my earlier visits, I feel overwhelmed by the tragedy we have created—for Iraq, for its neighbors, for America's image around the world, and for our troops," Durbin said.
"I used to think this war was our worst foreign policy mistake in a generation. Now I think it is our worst foreign policy mistake ever," he added.
"This Congress can't give President Bush another blank check for his war in Iraq," Durbin said. Later, he added, "The Consitution gives Congress a means to force the President to change course: the power of the purse. For the sake of our long-term national security interests, Congress needs to use that authority now."