Monday, August 27, 2007

Twirling Towards Freedom

Put me in the "skeptical" column on John Warner's latest harrumphing apostasy.

WASHINGTON - GOP Sen. John Warner, who wants U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq by Christmas, said Sunday he may support Democratic legislation ordering withdrawals if President Bush refuses to set a return timetable soon.

"I'm going to have to evaluate it," Warner said. "I don't say that as a threat, but I say that is an option we all have to consider."


The Virginia Republican said Sunday it would be best for the president, not Congress, to make a decision on withdrawals and that overriding a presidential veto would be difficult. But Warner made clear his view that people are losing patience with the administration's strategy in Iraq, a significant change is needed in September and troop withdrawals were the best way to accomplish that.

"That's precisely what I said to the president. I said, 'Here is an option. You can initiate a first withdrawal. You pick the number, Mr. President. And it would send a signal to the Iraqi government that matches your words,'" Warner said. "His words being, `We're not going to be there forever.'"

"The president has got to put teeth in these comments that we're not there forever," he added.

Uh-huh, and then what? Are you prepared to do anything besides tell Father Tim how serious and independent-minded you are, or when push comes to shove, are you going to fold like a cheap accordion -- again? Bush is never going to "pick the number", you simp; it's your job to help him find that damned number, and to maybe even mean it when you say it. You might even have to back up your words with actions.

Really, Senator, isn't one Arlen Specter enough? In the meantime, how many more die, while you and friends dither and parse, move the goalposts, snatch the football, kick the can? Like I always say, I've got hands -- I'm perfectly capable of jerking myself off.

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