Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lugar Breaks With Bush

If there is any Republican currently in the Senate who understands foreign relations, it would have to be Richard Lugar of Indiana. Being a Hoosier, I’ve enjoyed meeting the Senator once or twice and I have a lot of respect for him, despite his party affiliation. And my admiration has only grown as a result of his comments last night on the Iraq War. Read all about it in the New York Times.

Among other things, the Senator said: “In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved. Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term.” Exactly. President Bush has very little time to shift our strategy to a sounder footing, and it would be in his interest -- and ours -- to listen to folks like Senator Lugar who know a hell of a lot more about the world than he does.

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