More Republican opposition to Bush
Today, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) has agreed to join potential presidential candidate Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in sponsoring a bi-partisan Senate resolution that opposes President Bush’s Iraq strategy. Also sponsoring the bill are Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Carl Levin (D-MI).
Snowe commented: “This resolution is an expression of the American people’s frustration with our current Iraq policy.”
“Its focus rightly hinges on a diplomatic and political solution as a military solution is no longer feasible in Iraq.”
“An increase in troops will not solve the root causes of violence in Iraq nor do I believe that the Iraqi government has shown the will or the capacity to bring about effective national reconciliation.”
On CNN’s “Situation Room,” Sen. Hagel remarked: “We are no longer just going to quietly stand by, as we have done for the last four years, and let our young men and women be thrown into this conflict when they cannot affect the outcome.”
“This is the biggest issue facing our country since Vietnam,” Hagel added. “It’s dividing our nation. It is dangerous for our country. It’s dangerous for the world. The Congress needs to be part of this.”
Other prominent Republican senators have likewise expressed their disapproval of Bush’s Iraq strategy. Jay Anderson blogged on his thoughts regarding presidential hopeful Sam Brownback’s (R-KS) expressed opposition.
The purpose of the resolution is to make public the precise stance that each senator is taking in response to Bush’s plan. Read the full story here.