John Warner’s War Resolution
Sure, this second resolution isn’t much more than the symbolic gesture the Dem’s resolution represented, but I like the fact that Warner is offering up one that’s less partisan and that more Republicans can get behind.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 — Three senators offered a new resolution today against President BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Iraq policy, in which they declared their opposition to Mr. BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s plans to increase the American troop force there by 21,500.
From left, Senators John W. Warner, Ben Nelson and Norm Coleman at a news conference on Capitol Hill on an Iraq War resolution.
The resolution, put forth by two Republicans and a Democrat on the eve of the presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s State of the Union speech, was another indicator of the flagging political support for Mr. BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s approach.
One sponsor, Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, said the measure is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œnot meant to be confrontationalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? but rather was an acceptance of the presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s invitation to come forward with alternative plans, if they have any.
Yet the senatorsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ tone suggested deep concern with the present course. Mr. Warner, who has just stepped down as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was alarmed at the prospect of American soldiers continuing to be caught in sectarian violence, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œthe origins of which sometimes go back thousands of years.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
And more from CNN about why the need for a second resolution…
A source familiar with a draft as of Friday said the word “escalation” in the first resolution — a term coined by Democrats to describe the troop increase which Republicans consider too partisan — has been replaced in the second resolution by “augmentation.” The resolution will also express Warner’s concern over sending troops into entrenched sectarian violence.
“The other resolution was a real thumb in the eye to the president, our goal is to make the same point but get 60-65 votes, not 51 or 52,” said the source. It is unclear whether these senators will be able to find a colleague on the Foreign Relations Committee to introduce it there, or whether they will have to wait to try to offer it on the Senate floor.
65 votes would send a much more powerful message. I hope Biden and company get behind this resolution instead.