Friday, May 11, 2007

"We've to get out of the combat business in Iraq ... " - Sen. Lamar Alexander

GOP breaks with Bush on Iraq

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), “a loyal Republican who’s always voted with the president on Iraq issues,” said he and Democrat Ken Salazar will “draft a bill that implements the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group Report…which included benchmarks and a timeline for troop withdrawal.”

This comes on the heels of the Monday White House meeting of 11 Republican Congressmen who have said they don't trust Bush because he has no credibility to report on Iraq:
"The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There's no longer any credibility. It has to come from General Petraeus." - Republican Senator, quoted by Tim Russert
Now we see ads by Iraq war Generals including lifelong Republican John Batiste who says that Bush didn't listen to the Generals as he said he would and that the president has "placed our nation in peril." In an interview on MSNBC, Batiste said:
"The President's strategy relies almost wholly on the military and ignors the important components of diplomatic, political, and economic hard work. If we don't get this right, we're going to break our Army and Marine Corps."
Speaking of the damage Bush has done, Lawrence Wilkerson, on NPR proposed impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Wilkerson is a Retired Army Colonel, Colin Powell's Chief of Staff at the State Department from 2002 to 2005, a Vietnam War vet, the former Acting Director of the Marine Corps War College at Quantico, and currently a teacher of national security at William and Mary College.
"The language in that article, the language in those two or three lines about impeachment is nice and precise – it's high crimes and misdemeanors. You compare Bill Clinton's peccadilloes for which he was impeached to George Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors or Dick Cheney's high crimes and misdemeanors, and I think they pale in significance."
Let me repeat that: "George Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors." America wants accountability. Impeach.

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