Adding to the mounting pressure on President Bush to revise his stubborn “stay the course” strategy in the Iraq war, top Republican Sens. John W. Warner (pictured) and Richard G. Lugar made a gesture of dissent by proposing a U.S. troop redeployment plan on Friday.


Washington Post:

The action on Capitol Hill came as the Bush administration launched a diplomatic offensive intended to rally Sunni Muslim governments in the Middle East to come to Iraq’s aid if only to maintain a buffer zone against Iran. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel to the region together next month to push Egypt and Saudi Arabia to do more to help the foundering Iraqi government.

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