January 11, 2007

Escalation News

* Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will rather not use the word esclation.
"I would call it, senator, an augmentation"
* Senator Chuck Hagel Republican of Nebraska continues to tell the truth about the Iraq war.
So, Madam Secretary, when you set in motion the kind of policy that the president is talking about here, it’s very, very dangerous. As a matter of fact, I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam — if it’s carried out.

I will resist it.
* Senator Chuck Hagel will not be only Republican who will resist the 'McCain' doctrine of escalation.

* President Bush continues to send troops to Iraq without without the protection of the latest armored vehicles that withstand bomb blasts far better than the Humvees.

* President Bush did not help this cause to save this failed presidency with this Iraq war speech last night according to overnight polls.
The findings of the survey, conducted after Bush's primetime speech, represent an initial rebuke to the White House goal of generating additional public support for the mission in Iraq. The poll found that 61 percent of Americans oppose sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, with 52 percent saying they strongly oppose the plan. Just 36 percent said they back the president's new proposal.
I'm not shocked. The American public has finally tuned out the President.

* Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly debunk Conservatives attempt to call Democrats flip-floppers on the increasing of troops levels.

* Senator Mitch McConnell Republican of Kentucky is threatening a filibuster to block any legislation expressing disapproval of President Bush's escalation of the Iraq war. As the Senate Majority Whip during the last Congress Senator McConnell wanted to end the filibuster. He was for against the filibuster before he was for it.


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