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Senate “Republicans” Draft Own Cut And Run Bill

From an ever-hopeful Associated Press:

Senate GOP drafts proposal for Iraq bill

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – A small group of Republican senators, led by Virginia’s John Warner, is coalescing around legislation that would threaten billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Iraq and make clear American troops will stay only as long as Baghdad lives up to its promises.

“The United States strategy in Iraq, hereafter, shall be conditioned on the Iraqi government meeting benchmarks,” a draft of the proposal says…

The Senate was to vote on the proposal Wednesday, along with two Democratic anti-war measures.

“I think the reconstruction money has shown to have been mishandled and a large part of it has probably been wasted,” said Sen. Judd Gregg , R-N.H., who was expected to back the measure. “I think before we send in more money … we should make sure it’s been spent well.”

GOP Sens. Susan Collins  and Olympia Snowe  of Maine and Norm Coleman of Minnesota also were working with Warner, former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, to draft the legislation and were expected to support it.

Under the proposal, the president would have to certify that Baghdad was making “satisfactory progress” on political and security reforms or cut off U.S. aid. However, the president would be allowed to waive the restriction. Bush requested about $2 billion in economic assistance for Iraq through September.

The measure also would require troop deployments if the Iraqi government passes a resolution calling for a U.S. withdrawal…

Yes, I would say a group of John Warner, Judd Gregg, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Norm Coleman is about as small as it gets.

And it’s hard to see why anyone calls them Republicans.

But the AP will clutch at any straw that might spell our defeat in Iraq.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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