Posted: 07/29/07 14:11
by Dave Mindeman
As the Congressional Republicans scramble to solve their Iraq "political" problem, there seems to be an idea that is growing among the panicky 2008 election cycle candidates.
This approach is summarized by the Associate Press:
Republicans increasingly are backing a new approach in the Iraq war that could become the party's mantra come September. It would mean narrowly limited missions for U.S. troops in Iraq but let President Bush decide when troops should leave.
Heather Wilson, R-NM (a narrow winner in 2006) offers some furthur clarification:
"Settling Sunni-Shiite rivalries over who occupies what street in Baghdad is not in the vital interest of the United States. And we should only have Americans in harms' way where there are U.S. interests at stake."
I'm happy to see some movement in the Republican ranks but I am sure John Kline and Michele Bachmann will be quick to chastise their Republican colleagues. After all, this is the very thing for which Kline and Bachmann have railed about, against the Democrats, that is: .... micromanaging the war.
Even Democrats have not ventured into the realm of telling the President and the generals what they can and can't do on the ground. This would most assuredly put every mission in Iraq subject to the definitions of Congressional mandate.
So as Iraq War support continues to peel off in new and different ways, Kline and Bachmann stand to become increasingly isolated. They are becoming the final stalwarts among the dwindling number that will stand with the President.
September is fast approaching... is their a Kline/Bachmann plan?