Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), the senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday:
"Our course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security interests in the Middle East and beyond... The current surge strategy is not an effective means of protecting these [American] interests. Its prospects for success are too dependent on the actions of others who do not share our agenda. It relies on military power to achieve goals that it cannot achieve ...Our continuing absorption with military activities in Iraq is limiting our diplomatic assertiveness there and elsewhere in the world. The prospects that the current 'surge' strategy will succeed in the way originally envisioned by the President are very limited... Unless we recalibrate our strategy in Iraq to fit our domestic political conditions and the broader needs of U.S. national security, we risk foreign policy failures that could greatly diminish our influence in the region and the world. ... ."Maybe he can talk some sense into Bush and fellow Republicans. America needs a 'plan B' for Iraq. Bush has offered us nothing but more of the same. Lugar has some good ideas. This extensive speech on Iraq policy can be found here in it's entirety.
Dump the chimp. He's screwed America with his lies and his botched Iraq policy that has weakened the American military, our national security, and our reputation world-wide. America deserves better.
Impeach Bush and Cheney. It's the right thing to do. The American thing to do.
UPDATE: Republican Senators support Lugar's statement on changing course in Iraq.