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Even Republican Senators are turning on Iraq

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Jul 4, 2005
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Link below; my emphasis.

"The U.S. Senate opened debate today on measures that would put the chamber on record for the first time asking President George W. Bush to set limits for keeping American troops in Iraq.

The Bush administration ``needs to explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission,'' say resolutions introduced separately by both Republicans and Democrats.

Both parties also would require that Iraq's rival political factions be told they must make the compromises necessary to achieve a stable government, united against the insurgency, which will allow U.S. troops to leave.

While the measures express a non-binding ``sense of the Senate,'' together they're ``early pressure on a major U.S. military operation, in contrast to the Vietnam War'' where congressional resistance didn't occur until the early 1970s or about eight years after the start of the major military build- up, said Louis Fisher, a senior specialist on congressional war powers for the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

The measures will prove attractive to Republicans up for re-election next year who want ``to distance themselves from the White House,'' Fisher said.

Bush's approval rating is at a record low in recent polls. A survey released today by CNN, USA Today and the Gallup Organization showed 37 percent approve of the job he's doing and 60 percent disapprove. A Newsweek magazine poll released yesterday found an approval rating of 36 percent and a disapproval rate of 58 percent.


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