Republicans may no longer be willing to walk off a cliff for the President on Iraq:
Eleven Republican lawmakers expressed their frustrations to President Bush this week about the war in Iraq and its political implications, Illinois Republican Rep. Ray LaHood said Thursday. LaHood said the delegation of lawmakers met with Bush Tuesday and told him "in the most unvarnished way that they possibly could that things have got to change" in Iraq.
Top Republicans have said an expected September review by Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, may decide the future of the war.
"The American people are war-fatigued. The American people want to know there's a way out," LaHood said. "We will hang with them until September, but we need an honest assessment in September," he said of his fellow congressmen. "People's patience is running very, very thin." One source who attended the meeting, Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, told Bush that without positive results soon in Iraq, his district will be prepared for defeat.
It had to happen sooner or later. Having seen their majorities in both houses of Congress crumble in the 2006 landslide election for the Democrats, Republicans have finally decided they are not going to continue following the suicidal path to self-destruction that Bush has led them down with his ill-conceived, misguided, and mismanaged nation building adventure in Iraq.
What we are now seeing in Republican ranks is the inevitable end result of the administration's incessant and deceptive marketing of the war. We've been told time and again lies like we've "turned the corner", a "turning point" has been reached, and the insurgency is in its "last throes". None of these assessments were based on a hard-headed analysis of the situation. Instead, they were all focused on the objective of maintaining support for the war among the American people and Republican elected officials through the next election cycle. This deceptive marketing campaign was successful in 2004 but it utterly failed in 2006. With the 2008 elections fast approaching, Republican congressmen see the writing on the wall and they realize that the voters will punish them if they fail to bring the war in Iraq to a close as the vast majority of them want.
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