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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Other GOP Senators Embrace Lugar’s Call for Change of Course in Iraq

Other GOP Senators Embrace Lugar’s Call for Change of Course in Iraq

Republican senators expressed support today for Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar’s call for an immediate change of course in Iraq.

Lugar, the top Republican and former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a floor speech yesterday that a gradual drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq should begin immediately. Lugar said President Bush’s deployment of additional U.S. troops to Iraq was unlikely to produce positive results by September, when a report by Gen.David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, is due.

Lugar urged haste, before the political climate heats up heading into the 2008 elections. “The purpose of giving this speech now is that we are in a quiet period when we are not forced to extreme debates and there can be consensus building,” Lugar said today.

The speech displayed publicly sentiments Lugar had expressed to President Bush privately in January, he added.

Lugar doesn’t plan any specific legislation to advance his view, but will continue to advocate his position to other senators and will meet with the administration this week, he said.

“I hail what he did,” said Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., former chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “It shows the strength that each of us individually must bring to this debate.”


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