GOP senator says Iraq plan not working - Yahoo! News

Posted: 6/26/2007 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Senator Lugar a stanch conservative wavering on Iraq, stunned me with this statement; "In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved," Lugar, R-Ind., said in a Senate floor speech. "Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term."
By Senator Lugar speaking up will open the door for other conservatives to issue direct statements concerning the Bush policies of the war, there have been so far very few that have stood up and called this war for what it is. Senator Lugar is one of the high ranking conservatives and the war is not getting to many jumping on it's band-wagon in Indiana, considering of how it has been run up to this point.
GOP senator says Iraq plan not working - Yahoo! News


  1. Travis says:

    Sen. Lugar is my senator. I was initially surprised by the comment, but Lugar is not afraid to state his opinion. I haven't read all the reports yet, but his statement doesn't surprise me.

  1. Floyd says:

    Hello Travis I am glad you stopped and commented, he was also my Senator for quite a few years when I lived in Indiana. Senator Lugar you know as well as I that he is a 'true' conservative, and Lugar holds quite a bit of clout among his constituents and I know he has thought long and hard before giving this speech on the Senate floor, Lugar is looking ahead of now and thinking outside the box. He is thinking how this is affecting our standard in the world and looking ahead of today, the speech is about 50 minutes long and he presented it with elegance and style. I applaud Dick Lugar for standing up and making it clear at just how this is affecting us in the world, they keep hinging on this 'surge' and the only way Iraq will ever stabilize is to do it in a political way, the longer we stay the more money to us taxpayers and loss of human life. The situation with the government over there is utter chaos, but as far as anything coming of it is to be known later, right now they dig the hole deeper on this immigration issue that has attacked the very base of the Republican party, they continue to preach that it is jobs that Americans won't do,,the point is America is smarter than that. But getting back to Iraq, Mr. Lugar knows what the deal is and he is trying to put out there the truth on Iraq and the damaging of us politically elsewhere, will they accept the truth? My guess is no they won't, they will continue to dig a deeper hole, but remember this is only my 2 cents worth, hey don't be a stranger stop and comment anytime, always feel welcome.

  1. Jim says:

    I think we're going to see more and more of this kind of reversal.

    I was wondering if you saw this outrageous treatment of a wounded veteran on Markos' site....

    A lot of this stuff just ain't right !

  1. Floyd says:

    Wow Jim thanks for the heads up, I had not seen this one yet. I knew it was bad and Kos did hit the nail on the head so to speak, it has become a slogan and that about says it all and I would say there are countless other cases just like this one, our men and women go over there and become wounded and actually have a disability due to their service and they have to go through the red tape to get what they deserve, even if they ever get anything. It is a good eye-opening story over at Kos, this poor guy lost both his eyes and they are giving him the run around. I think you are right on the reversals, most Republicans have dismissed Bush basically and Lugar's speech just bears out the actual thinking, I already heard that there are going to be meetings with Lugar maybe next week or later this week. But I know Lugar somewhat and if he backs down on this it would surprise me, that just isn't Lugar, so I believe they are wasting their time having meetings with him trying to get him to rephrase what he said. This thing just is not working Jim there have been more sectarian violence and car bombings in Iraq than ever, Lugar has it pegged right and if the administration had left a year or so ago from Iraq they would not be in this mess today,,when you know you are in a hole, you don't keep digging deeper.

  1. It piss me off that all of a sudden Republicans are now realizing that this surge and this President is just crazy.

    They gave this man everything he ask for in the past and they to are responsible for this mess that our troops and this country is in.

    I don't think much of what Sen. Lugar has said as being anything... why now, why not a year or so ago?

  1. Floyd says:

    That is always something to think of my friend, I like you think that they went all the way with him and the fact of the matter is that a lot of them are up for re-election and if I am not mistaken Evan Bayh changed his vote on immigration I think now he is against 'amnesty'? I think they are trying to get more in tune with how America is thinking, the Iraq fiasco is hurting our image as a world power and I think that is taken into account. It seems the administration is quick to dismiss the polls and the American people and frankly I have never seen Washington so out of touch with the people, there are issues that are dividing not only the Republican party but America as a whole and basically about all of them have lost touch with us. I like you think this should have happened long ago, when something does not work you don't fire the generals and put others in their place, and the polls are showing now a growing number of Republicans against this war, I think close to 40%? This has been climbing for the past two months or so, let me get to the point, I agree with you wholeheartedly it should have been a couple of years or so ago. The fact of the matter is they kept digging a hole, instead of climbing out of it. We elect these individuals to represent our interests, but when you see the dismissal of polls and things such as this, what they are saying is we don't care what you Americans think, we in fact, are going to do what we want.