60% of Americans, according to recent polls, favor a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.
In Washington, Republican Rep. Walter Jones, a war advocate who wanted “French fries” renamed “freedom fries” because France refused to sign on to our war, joined a group of colleagues Thursday in introducing a House resolution calling for the president to announce a plan for withdrawal by year’s end — and to begin executing it by Oct 1, 2006. Fellow Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is a co-sponsor, with Dems Abercrombie and Kucinich.
Other House Republicans indicate they’ll support a resolution calling for an exit strategy. Their eyes set on re-election, they must think it’s time to distance themselves from Bush.
It sounds very much like the beginning of the end, doesn’t it?
It would be interesting if we withdraw on Bush’s watch. Imagine the spin: what a hoot to hear them turn on their own dimes.
This is one administration that may end in a self-induced flame-out. No matter how mighty you think you are, it’s never easy to face the prospect of a fall.
What with Social Security reform on the skids, expect panicky moves from the White House as they try to shore up support from increasingly recalcitrant Republican Congress members who, unlike Bush, need to be re-elected.
Will Bush become a millstone around the Party’s neck? Will we see a mushroom cloud of dust as Republican Congress members run for cover away from Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, hoping to duck voter disapproval of the Administration’s stubborn incompetence?
The Republican Party may be headed for the interesting times of the Chinese curse. Which they thoroughly deserve. Although I for one, don’t think that the Republican Party deserves this administration. Nobody does. They represent a distortion of Republican ideals. There are better Republicans than Bush, Frist and DeLay. The distance between McCain and Bush, for example, is as great as the distance between Ghandi and Genghis Khan. The Bush crowd has besmirched us — something a McCain would never do.
Let’s hope that this most secretive, arrogant, ideology-blinded, and destructive of all administrations will shortly enter lame-duck status and become a bad memory, like a nuclear boil on the nation’s backside finally lanced. Then we can work on restoring the reputation of America in the eyes of the world — and for those who really care about America, in our own eyes.