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John Warner Calls For Troop Withdrawals – Again

From the surrender-at-any-cost Associated Press:

GOP senator calls for troop withdrawals

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Warner’s call for troop withdrawals from Iraq is likely to ratchet up pressure on President Bush substantially and lend momentum to Democratic efforts to end U.S. combat.

Warner, R-Va., former chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Navy secretary during the Vietnam War, said Bush should bring some troops home by Christmas. Doing so, he told reporters Thursday, would send a powerful message that the U.S. commitment in Iraq was not open-ended.

Warner says the president should get to decide when and how many troops should leave. Bush has opposed setting a date to pull out troops and contends that conditions on the ground should dictate deployments.

“I’m hopeful that this (redeployment) could lead to more emphasis on the Iraqi forces taking the major responsibility, as it relates to the internal insurgency in that country,” the Virginia Republican said.

Warner’s suggestion comes as a new intelligence assessment says Iraqis have failed to govern effectively or reach the political compromises believed necessary to tamp down sectarian violence

Democrats say the grim report and Warner’s conclusion bolster their position that Bush should change course and start bringing troops home this fall…

Republican leaders countered that the intelligence assessment bolsters their position that U.S. troops should stay. The report warns that limiting the mission of U.S. forces to a support role and counterterrorist operations — as Democrats and some Republicans suggest — would “erode security gains achieved thus far.” …

This blow-dried blowhard has been saying effectively the same thing for at least two years.

From the New York Times:

Senate Republicans Pushing for a Plan on Ending the War in Iraq

Published: November 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 – In a sign of increasing unease among Congressional Republicans over the war in Iraq, the Senate is to consider on Tuesday a Republican proposal that calls for Iraqi forces to take the lead next year in securing the nation and for the Bush administration to lay out its strategy for ending the war…

The proposal on the Iraq war, from Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, and Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would require the administration to provide extensive new quarterly reports to Congress on subjects like progress in bringing in other countries to help stabilize Iraq…

The plan stops short of a competing Democratic proposal that moves toward establishing dates for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But it is built upon the Democratic approach and makes it clear that senators of both parties are increasingly eager for Iraqis to take control of their country in coming months and open the door to removing American troops.

Mr. Warner said the underlying message was, “we really mean business, Iraqis, get on with it.” …

Mr. Warner said he decided to take the Democratic proposal and edit it to his satisfaction in an effort to find common ground between the parties on the issue…

The primary differences between the party approaches regards fixing dates for a withdrawal. The Democratic plan called for the administration to provide “estimated dates” for redeployment of American troops once a series of conditions was met, with the caveat that “unexpected contingencies may arise.”

But Republicans said that provision was cutting too close to setting a schedule for withdrawal. “We are not going to have any timetable,” Mr. Warner said…

Well, Mr. Warner still claims to not be setting a timetable in today’s momentous pronouncement:

Warner says the president should get to decide when and how many troops should leave.

So why is the AP treating it as front page news today? (This is a rhetorical question.)

Of course they will seize upon anything, including yesterday’s National Intelligence Estimate, to try to spread defeatism.

Even if it means repeating old news as new, or as in the case of the NIE, completely twisting the facts to bolster their perverse agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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