Bush/McCain/Lieberman troop-scalation Tally

Think Progress is keeping tabs on who's for, against and meh on Bush's impending escalation of the troop-level in Iraq.

Of the 21 who oppose escalation, 6 are Republicans, 15 are Dems, including the leaders of both the House and Senate, Reid and Pelosi.

Of the 15 "wait and see"-ers, 3 are Dems, 12 GOP-ers.

Of the 7 supporters 6 are Republicans and one is a Lieberman. If Ned Lamont's campaign did anything (and it certainly did, showing the power of a true opposition, not to mention the blogs...) it shoved Lieberman into the no-man's-land of being an Independent, removing the imprimatur of bipartisanship from every shitty Bush plan that sees the light of day.

Joe, if George decided to jump off a bridge...

The most interesting thing is the tone of the quotes from supporters. More mealy-mouthed and contingency-filled and just patently full of BS than even the hedgers...



Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO): “If the White House says more troops are needed, I would assume it is based on the recommendations they are getting from the commanders in the field, and I’ll support that.”
You just assume? That's a pretty sound reason for ensuring that more people will die. Cool.
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ): “I happen to agree with my colleague John McCain that there are probably several missions in which more troops would actually be a big help, particularly when it comes to securing unsecured areas. If that is the president’s decision — and I know we’re being a bit premature here — I think we ought to give it a chance to try to help the president and see if that can work.”
Probably...actually...particularly...if...premature...I think...chance...try...if...can...

Are you f**king kidding me?
#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.