Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bush says study Group agrees with him, What? Senator Smith says it's criminal. Finally, now what?

Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, who voted in favor of the Iraq war and has supported it ever since, now says that the current U.S. war effort is "absurd" and "may even be criminal.
In a major speech on the Senate floor, the Oregon senator called for rapid pullouts of U.S. troops from Iraq and said he never would have voted for the conflict if he had known that the intelligence that President Bush gave the American people was inaccurate.
Citing the hundreds of billions of dollars spent and the nearly 3,000 U.S. deaths, Smith said he is at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs, day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal. So either we clear and hold and build, or let's go home.It doesn't matter Senator Smith who went to Washington. Nothing, nothing will turn this around. That should have been a given the day Bush decided to divert from the so called war on terror and attack Iraq in order to destabilize the middle east and start to implement his failed from inception new world order.

He said the U.S. military's "tactics have failed," adding that he "cannot support that anymore. ... We have paid a price in blood and treasure that is beyond calculation" for a war waged based on faulty intelligence.
Smith said that he is "tired of paying the price of 10 or more of our troops dying a day. So let's cut-and-run or cut-and-walk, but let us fight the war on terror more intelligently than we have, because we have fought this war in a very lamentable way.
While expressing grave doubts about the Iraq war, Smith said he does not think that the United States can retreat from the larger war on terrorism. The audacity of anyone, anyone that thinks they can influence this and turn it around. It is beyond anyone's control. It was a given failure from the beginning and I refuse to believe that the chief idiot still refuses to admit it and insist on continuing to kill and waste American Lives.
This is incredible, listen to this!
In his weekly radio address, President Bush said the bipartisan Iraq Study Group's report released this week "explicitly endorses the strategic goal we've set in Iraq," though he ignored sections of the panel's report that criticize his administration's handling of the war.
The report called the situation in Iraq grave and deteriorating. The group proposed a number of thoughtful recommendations on a way forward for our country in Iraq Bush said.
Bush said his administration is reviewing the report, and we will seriously consider every recommendation and he will before he ignores everything counter to what the all knowing Decider wants. Bush stupidly keeps talking and playing games. He said he was glad the Group did not recommend a hasty withdrawal. Isn't pulling out half the troops starting next year while turning 20,000 to trainers to get Iraq up to snuff and pulling all troops out by 2008 a pretty hasty withdrawal?
In light of the increasing tenuous situation over there that will continue to get worse unabated I would be happy with that. meanwhile of course we have the Dems calling the Iraq Study Group report a vindication of their calls for a new approach to the war and it is worth nothing but I agree. Texas Congressman Reyes said the report necessitates an immediate new direction in Iraq. It will turn nothing around but I agree!
Reyes said the report "confirms what most of us have known for some time. President Bush's policy of 'stay the course' is not working." He said the recommendations mirror what House and Senate Democrats have been advocating for months: To begin redeploying U.S. troops and to switch the mission of U.S. forces from combat to training and support.
It is nice to see even Republicans waking up to Bush's unnecessary lost cause, this one called Iraq, But it is too late. They are being concerned but once again it is too late, that sounds familiar doesn't it? This one will cost us more than any screw up ever made in American History. Watch!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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