May 16, 2007 — Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, North Country Congressman John McHugh has walked a cautious line. The Republican has supported President Bush and the GOP leadership, while also publicly chiding the Defense Department's civilian leadership. McHugh represents Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division and is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. The Congressman now says the "surge" strategy in Iraq should continue through the summer, but says the strategy should face close scrutiny by Congress in September. As the death toll rises and public support for the war erodes, this middle ground position may become more and more difficult to sustain. On Tuesday, Congressman McHugh spoke at length about the war with Brian Mann. The interview began just as officials at Fort Drum were confirming that three soldiers from Watertown had been captured by an Al Quaeda splinter group in Iraq.