The Supportless Surge

The Douchebag of Liberty on the lack of support for the McCain/Lieberman Plan within the GOP.

“It’s Alice in Wonderland,” Sen. Chuck Hagel, second-ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, told me in describing the proposed surge. “I’m absolutely opposed to sending any more troops to Iraq. It is folly.”


Disenchantment with George W. Bush within the GOP runs deep. Republican leaders around the country, anticipating that the 2006 election disaster would prompt an orderly disengagement from Iraq, are shocked that the president now appears ready to add more troops.


I checked with prominent Republicans around the country and found them confused and disturbed about the surge. They incorrectly assumed that the presence of Republican stalwart James Baker as co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group meant it was Bush-inspired (when it really was a bipartisan creation of Congress). Why, they ask, is the president casting aside the commission’s recommendations and calling for more troops?

Even in Mississippi, the reddest of red states where Bush’s approval rating has just inched above 50 percent, Republicans see no public support for more troops. What is happening inside the president’s party is reflected by defection from support for his war policy after November’s election by two Republican senators who face an uphill race for re-election in 2008: Gordon Smith of Oregon and Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Coleman announced his opposition to more troops after returning from a trip to Iraq preceding McCain’s.

6 thoughts on “The Supportless Surge

  1. The change in sentiment in America is just amazing. I wonder if Bush will get his wish for more troops, even if he is CinC.

  2. I’m always a little skeptical when people who know better sound wide-eyed and surprised at something Bush is doing. Gosh, why on earth would he do that?
    Junior gets to say that we need to escalate to win the war, he baits Congress into voting to nip the idea in the bud (since everyone agrees it’s a lousy idea), then spends the rest of his miserable life saying we could have won the war if they’d only let me surge.
    This is basically the same calculation that McCain made, that the surge will never actually happen, and much like the bill-writing process in the DeLay House, I expect Bush will keep adding outrageous provisions to his proposal until he can get just enough Democrats to vote ‘No’. This sets the table for 2008, by changing the debate from how to get out gracefully to “Who lost Iraq?” And the GOP answer will be, those back-stabbing Democrats who tied the President’s hands.

  3. fool the sheeple once, shame on LBJ, fool the sheeple tWice, shame on the sheeple.

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