Bush’s numbers are sinking so Republicans are thinking about 2006:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 – The Senate voted on Tuesday to press the Bush administration to provide more public information about the course of the war in Iraq as lawmakers of both parties made it clear they wanted chief responsibility for securing the country shifted to the Iraqi government within the next year.
Lawmakers voted 79 to 19 for a Republican plan to seek new quarterly reports on matters like the number of Iraqi troops ready to take the lead in combat operations. The proposal expressed the Senate view that “2006 should be a period of significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty.”
But they didn’t miss an opportunity to trash a Democratic resolution:
But the Senate rejected, by a vote of 58 to 40, a Democratic proposal to require the Bush administration to project dates for a phased withdrawal of troops should conditions allow.
Let’s make it clear, this “new” plan is very similar to the plan Kerry proposed during the election, except the UN isn’t involved. And the Dems new plan was based on the phrase” should conditions allow”, meaning if Iraq was secure and we could at least see an exit.
Personally, I think we need to make sure that Iraq is secure before we pull out. We owe the people on Iraq that much. However, is it unreasonable to ask for a timetable if Iraq is secure?