Today, however, make note of the handful of Republican Senators who are calling for implementation of Iraq Study Group recommendations about Iraq: Lamar Alexander (TN), Robert Bennett (UT), Judd Gregg (NH), and Susan Collins (ME). Olympia Snowe (ME) is also giving it some serious thought.
Their message seems pretty clear to me. These Republicans are warning Bush that U.S. Iraq policy needs to change.
``The president needs bipartisan support if the United States is to sustain a long-term position in Iraq,'' said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn...As noted in the AP article linked above, the ISG would shift the U.S. mission from fighting and securing Iraq to training Iraqis -- and then sending most troops home by early 2008.
``What we have here, hopefully, is a roadmap for consensus,'' said Gregg. ``That's what we need.''
Bennett called the proposal ``a nudge'' for the president.
It doesn't take a genius to foresee another Republican electoral train wreck if U.S. troops are still "surging" in Iraq this time next year.
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