I do believe that Mr. Warner and his fellow republicans who are looking for a middle ground on troop withdrawal’s from Iraq are concerned about their jobs and holding onto power. If it’s not the Democrats screaming about bringing our troops home, it is weak republicans “suggesting” ways for troops to come home. John Warner says to bring home 5,000 troops by Christmas, so that the United States shows the Iraqi government that we mean “business” and that our commitment there is not “open ended”.
This is all because of Gen. Petraeus’s September report, will be positive on the security situation. The Dems were screaming that the “surge” wouldn’t work..and if it did, it would be bad for them. Well, now, it seems as if the “surge” is working. So, the Dems, and any Republicans who are scared of losing power in 08 are saying:
purpose of the escalation in Iraq was to create a secure environment in which political change could occur, and it is clear that the Iraqi leaders have failed to make progress,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“I’m hopeful that this (redeployment) could lead to more emphasis on the Iraqi forces taking the major responsibility, as it relates to the internal insurgency in that country,” the Virginia Republican said.
Wouldn’t you have to have security before the political situation could get better? Wouldn’t you have to have security before you could just hand over the reigns to the Iraqi forces?
It now seems as if the security situation IS improving, so, we need to give the al-Maliki government more time.
The democrats are so fearful that we might actually win in Iraq, that they will say and do anything in order to hold onto power. First, they said that we cannot win militarily:
Rep. John Murtha, 11-17-05:
I said over a year ago, and now the military and the Administration agrees, Iraq can not be won “militarily.”
Then Sen. Harry Reid said that the war is lost:
I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything,
Now, they say that the Iraq government can’t win. What’s next?
As for Sen. Warner, good luck getting reelected!