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Dissent Grows Among Republican Ranks

Posted on Jul 9, 2007
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Caught in congressional crossfire:  The AP reports that President Bush is losing some of his Republican support on Capitol Hill by pursuing his Iraq “surge.”

Although Lt. Gen. David Petraeus thinks the U.S. troop “surge” is finally starting to show some positive results, it may be too late to bolster the enthusiasm of several key Republicans in Congress who have joined their Democratic colleagues in challenging President Bush’s position on the Iraq war—which, along with the war in Afghanistan, is costing America $12 billion a month.  However, as one Iraqi official warns, timing is everything when it comes to exit strategies.

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Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said Monday there had been “a steady erosion for the president’s policy” in Congress because of the “tremendous loss of life among our troops” in June and “the failure of the Iraqi government to pursue the political reforms that are necessary to quell the sectarian violence.”

Meanwhile, several Democratic-run investigations are playing out this week as they head toward contempt of Congress citations and, if neither side yields, federal court:

Monday is the deadline for the White House to explain why Bush is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for e-mails and other documents on his aides’ involvement in the firings of eight federal prosecutors last winter. The White House is not expected to comply with the deadline.

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By sharon ash, July 10, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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Until the ordinary citizen is willing to become involved in the democratic process which would include being knowledgeable, informed and willing to hold elected officials accountable, the greedy and corrupt will continue to rein supreme within our government.  And while both parties have their share of greed, the Republican Party is simply consumed with greed.  The only “common good” they see for society is what is good for the almighty dollar.  You can tell a Republican that Haliburton bilked the government out of billions and they will not blink an eye.  However, if they think a welfare mother got $10.00 too much in their welfare check, they will stay up nights trying to figure out how to stop that from ever happening again.  If the rest of us are to survive in this society, we must be just as diligent in protect ourselves as the greedy are in taking everything they can from everyone else. Greed knows no limits, and it is important to recognize that fact.  Until we do, they will continue to send our children to the killing fields for so long as it serves their greedy purposes and will only stop when they see that continuing to support it might become a liability to them. (i.e. cost them some loss of power)

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 10, 2007 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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To take this election year conversion as something heart felt makes a mockery of the system of checks and balances.To echo a previous commenter and that they put party loyalty ahead of the country is more than just despicable.To be consistent I have the same contempt for democrats that stood with Pres Johnson during Vietnam.How do these hypocrites attend funerals of our brave sevice people and extend condolences when they know it is a failed policy?Do they explain that the no 1 job as an elected official is to maintain party loyalty at all costs until it looks like their loyalty will cost them an election.I am sure that is consolation to the families of these brave people.

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By Enemy of State, July 9, 2007 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

It looks like we are rapidly approaching the time when we finally throw in the towel on our Iraq Adventure. Although I suspect we will get some sort of compromise drawdown, that lets the politicos pretend to be moderates.

  In any case, we need to remember what happened when a country with militaristic people lost a war in 1918. A peoples revolution finally forced Germany to give up on a lost war. Soon thereafter the myth of the stab in the back, (by liberals, communists, and especially the Jews) was born. It took 15 years for the violent right wingers to take over, but we all know how bad it became. We have to be careful, similar social-political forces will be at work here. We wouldn’t want to get free of Iraq, only to gain a fascist government at home.

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By kevin99999, July 9, 2007 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
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While dissent may grow among the GOP law makers, they continue to support failed policies of this administration. To me that means that the GOP Senators and congress members place party loyalty above the interests of the american people. The blood of the U.S. soldiers as they continue to die is on their hands.

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By DennisD, July 9, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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May anyone from either party still voting to fund this Iraq charade rot in hell. Playing politics with people’s lives and the country’s treasury is just business as usual for our elected scumbags in the District of Corruption. $12 billion a month, does anybody believe that anyone is this corrupt cesspool of a government can account for 1/3 of it much less where, what and who it’s going to. IMPEACHMENT - how f**king long Pelosi, how f**king long do we wait. Give these vermin something else to think about other than waiting for them to f**k up even worse. It’ll be at least 20 years before we dig out of this shit hole.

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By farmertx, July 9, 2007 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

Ending world hunger won’t increase profits at Halliburton nor Exxon Mobil.
What is strange is the fact that these Republican dissidents aren’t being labeled terrorist supporter’s by Tony Snow. Nor have they been accused of wanting the terrorist’s to follow the troops home.
And, considering the problems at Homeland Security, I reckon that would be a real threat, since they can’t stop a boat load of refugee’s from landing in broad daylight.
The Shrubs’ biggest problem now is how to flip-flop again, some more, and appear not to. Bet they will rely on their tried and true strategy; just do it and then deny that they did it.
Now, if the Democratic leadership can remember how to lead, maybe, just maybe, something good will come of all this.
This assumes that the Shooter won’t decide that his secret power’s require him to replace Duhbya and carry the “war” on. After all, Halliburton has that new World Headquarter’s to build where there is no extradition treaty with the US.

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By Angel Gabriel, July 9, 2007 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment
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Rat’s and Cockroaches are the first to exit a sinking ship. It’s particularly interesting that the breed’s have evolved to the point of exiting after the ship has been sunk since the “Surge” they supported against the will of the people.
I guess election time is drawing near and the writing on the wall spells out survival over what was once a rubber stamp loyalty.
It’s only when you realize that ALL politician’s, regardless of party, are only interested in their elections and self interest, and will do or say whatever is necessary to cover their asses and stay in power. But, apparently it’s far too big of an ask for American’s to consider this and actually hold any of them to account!
Meanwhile, back at Domino’s the phone lines are lighting up for another busy night as Larry King interviews another Hilton type - American idiot. Pathetic!

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By Margaret Currey, July 9, 2007 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment
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This war was in the works even before Bush became President and Chaney was the person who was calling the shots.

Even if no one knew about 9/11 they had warinings, Arab type persons were in flying school and did not want to know how to land planes, the administration was too busy trying to end democracy, and the people who died at the Twin Twins were just people at the wrong place at the wrong time, but the glory hounds used it for their own reasons in other words they (Chaney) used death for their own gain.

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By Jessica, July 9, 2007 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Regardless of the reasons why the United States chose to invade Iraq or even why a US presence remains there today, it is clear that the Bush Administration is putting too many of its resources—OUR resources— into remaining there.  To date, the war has cost over $340 billion dollars—money which could have been spent much more wisely and with better end results.  It is estimated, for example, that the expenditure of a mere $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide.  In a time when the current defense budget is $522 billion, the goal of eradicating world hunger is clearly well within reach.  Thus, it is clear that the occupation of Iraq needs to end, and it needs to end now without regard to what this will do to United States interest in Iraq’s oil.  There are simply much more important issues that need to be addressed.

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By Mstessyrue, July 9, 2007 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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For this meaningless war, it is costing the American people $12 billion dollars each months.  However, according to the Borgen Project World Bank, it only costs $19 billion dollars annually to end world wide hunger and poverty.  Isn’t it time our government reevaluate our nations role and stands in the world?

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By Mudwollow, July 9, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

And just when we were starting to win too.

Maybe the Halliburton types have looted all the easy billions and it’s time to head for the door.

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