Monday, August 14, 2006

Burns Uses No Reality On Iraq

It is really easy for Burns to toe the Bush line on Iraq when he doesn't have to face the reality of it. His website's statement of his stance on Iraq says:

Our troops need every ounce of our support as they continue to fight an active and lethal insurgency. I assure you I will continue to do everything in my power to bring our troops home safely, while ensuring the future of a stable, free Iraq.

Yet he voted against Bill S.Amdt. 4442 to S. 2766, which would have given a timeline for our troops safe return home. View this bill as a statement to our troops that "We promise we will work towards an actual date of departure. We do not intend to keep you there forever, we don't want you all to die there, so we will begin to act like leaders that want to finish up our little desert project and bring you home." Burns didn't think it was a great idea to reassure our troops that we could win this thing and bring them home. That was never part of the plan.

The simple fact is that there is no plan. Iraq is in a civil war now, who could have seen that coming? Yet Burns and his fellow hawks show no sign of a plan. Retired generals have poured out of the woodwork, complaining of the lack of leadership by the GOP on the war. Still no plan.

Our Sr Senator is seeing things a little differently. He has seen the harsh realities of war, the ones that burns is hiding from.

I think I'll play a greater role and to find a solution that makes sense
here. I mean, it's hit me so close now - it's so close to home, and in honor
of Phillip and I feel an obligation frankly - and in love of Phillip and
obligation to dig down and work with those in the government who do want to
help and work together to find a solid solution to help us get out of there
in a way that makes the most sense, but clearly I'll get more involved

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