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Two More Republicans Wake Up and Smell the Debacle

The chord of discord over our success in Iraq continues to roll through the ranks of Republicans in Congress. Two more GOP Senators saw the light yesterday.

Friday, in interviews with the Los Angeles Times, two more Senate Republicans bluntly voiced disappointment with the president's approach and pressed for change.

"It should be clear to the president that there needs to be a new strategy," said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. "Our policy in Iraq is drifting."

Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who helped lead the charge earlier this year against Democratic efforts to oppose Bush's troop buildup, said: "We don't seem to be making a lot of progress."

This is in addition to the three other similarly notable announcements in the last two weeks.

The tide of Republican dissent began to grow two weeks ago when Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, former chairman of the foreign relations committee, delivered an earnest plea for change from the floor of the Senate. Sen. George V. Voinovich of Ohio expressed similar doubts in a letter he sent to the president the next day, and Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, the former chairman of the armed services committee, openly praised Lugar for speaking out.

On Thursday, Sen. Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico joined the group of dissenters, which just a few weeks ago included only a handful of GOP lawmakers -- led by Nebraska's Sen. Chuck Hagel and Oregon's Sen. Gordon H. Smith.

Senators Alexander and Domenici are up for re-election in 2008. Senators Gregg, Lugar and Voinovich are not.


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Comments (2)

Lee

So what exactly are Senators Gregg and Alexander stating that the President should do that is any different to what they have said before or what the President has proposed.

In other words Lee, identify the point of difference; what "change" and "approach" did they "press" for?

Larkin
"Has Bush said: "Our policy in Iraq is drifting." or "We don't seem to be making a lot of progress."?"

Nope. I don't think he will ever say it. Now I'll walk way out on the limb for you, Larkin. I think the surge is beginning to work based on reports from , yes, the general in charge and milblogs like Michael Yon and Blackfive.

I think the President is all in on this. He made a necesarry change with removing Rumsfeld and progress, while hard to find in the MSM, is happening.

As for the Senators, Alexander is positioning and posturing, something he is adept at. He will put himself in a postion to claim the high ground regardless of the outcome. Not my favorite type of Republican. Gregg? Hell if I know.


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