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Looks Like We’re Cutting and Running

Today’s LA Times breaks the bad news for President Bush and Paso Robles Rich — the moderate wing of the Republican Party is kicking out the neo-cons and sanity may be returning to the White House in the guise of James Baker. It’s too late to undo the damage, but there finally seems a faint light at the end of the tunnel.

WASHINGTON — A commission backed by President Bush that is exploring U.S. options in Iraq intends to propose significant changes in the administration’s strategy by early next year, members say.

Two options under consideration would represent reversals of U.S. policy: withdrawing American troops in phases, and bringing neighboring Iran and Syria into a joint effort to stop the fighting.

While it weighs alternatives, the 10-member commission headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III has agreed on one principle.

“It’s not going to be ‘stay the course,’ ” one participant said. “The bottom line is, [current U.S. policy] isn’t working…. There’s got to be another way.”

If the panel recommends overhauling Bush’s approach to Iraq, it could give a boost not only to critics of current policy but also to officials in the administration who have argued for broad changes.

“There’ll probably be some things in our report that the administration might not like,” Baker said in a television interview last week.

It’s unclear how willing Bush is to change his strategy, which focuses on improving security in Baghdad, training Iraqi security forces and pressing the Iraqi government to forge a political agreement among warring factions.

  1. Bob from San Luis
    October 19, 2006 at 2:30 am

    Rich: Democratic Party control of either House of Congress or both Houses will not bring about an immediate call for impeachment of President Bush, period. What will happen is that there will finally be oversight by congress which is its’ mandated function, which has not happened since Bush took office. Congressional oversight: Clinton Administration, 132 hours of testimony about the potential misuse of the White House Christmas Card mailing list- Bush Administration, 12 hours on the abuses at Abu Garib. That is some record of oversight.

  2. rob in los osos
    October 19, 2006 at 4:02 am

    I’m not ‘mad’ about anything. I don’t like what ‘you’ and your party are doing to this country – spending us into record deficits and debt; trashing the constitution; putting our soldiers in harms’ way in an unjust and un-necessary war; doing NOTHING about illegal immigration; doing NOTHING to support and encourage alternative energy while simultaneously giving massive incentives and tax-cuts to oil companies; and totally ignoring global warming – the greatest threat to everyone on this planet.

    As to your other ‘points’
    – you do have all 3 houses, true and congrats. Now actually do something positive with that power and unite this country rather than divide it.
    – I don’t know what movies you’re referring to. I do have 2 good friends who are ‘born again Christians’ – we argue passionately about our differences, and sometimes agree to disagree, however, and you should examine this: they both find you and your comments as offensive as I do.
    – I have no problem with the current supreme court, except for Thomas. His opinions seem a little weak and thoughtless to me. And NO, it has nothing to do with his race. I DONt think Judges should legislate from the bench
    – as to Pelosi and Reid:
    – actually, if you were listening, three people disagreed with you. And, you didn’t start out talking about illegal immigration, either. You started your argument with how whites were becoming the minority, and you made it was how scary that was for you. Finally, I’m glad you have the RIGHT to spew your noxious opinions. You may not have that right much longer unless things change in 21 days.
    – John Kerry is weak as a candidate. He did, however, fight in a war and have the courage to speak about it. (please don’t throw the swift boat BS at me – he is a decorated war vet , are you?) Al Gore is a brilliant and thoughtful man, and has the balls to actually try to inform people about REAL threats (see above) – I would vote for him in a heartbeat if he ran. Hillary is not the right person to represent the democrats – nuff said. Her husband – best president since Kennedy. Granted, George W isn’t embarrassing, except when he opens his mouth. He’s just plain stupid, and has tunnel vision.

    You want to know what makes me angry, Jerry. Its simple – ignorance, arrogance and intolerance. Rich from Paso doesn’t make me angry, New Tone doesn’t make me angry, hell even Red Neckersniff doesn’t make me angry. They actually construct arguments based in fact (even if I don’t agree with them). You just come here and spew crap. And, you really revealed your true feelings yesterday with your ‘I live in a state with gun-toting whites’ and ‘Mexicans are out-breeding us’ – the message was clear. Then you backed off when Dave started making ‘where are you goin, Jerry’ noises. Why not have the courage to say what you really feel?

  3. Rich from Paso
    October 19, 2006 at 9:39 pm


    Dow goes over 12,000 for the first time in history. Democrats are livid and depressed at the same time.

  4. CNN
    October 20, 2006 at 1:51 am



  5. Rich from Paso
    October 20, 2006 at 4:13 am

    Bob: According to candidate Beery tonight on Dave’s show, there would be an immediate call for Bush’s impeachment if she were elected. Her ignorance of the real world coupled with her visceral hatred of Bush, as shared by EVERYONE left of center in the Democratic Party makes her, and those like her, too dangerous to let into Congress while we are at war.

  6. Rich from Paso
    October 22, 2006 at 3:53 am

    You all should check out how I would have done the nation-building of Iraq were I President at my blog “What Right Looks Like”.

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