June 26th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Lugar urges Bush to change course soon in Iraq

Sen. Richard Lugar calls for "downsizing and redeployment of United States military forces."

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican support for President Bush's Iraq war policy suffered a significant crack Monday evening when Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana urged the president to change course in Iraq "very soon."

The well-respected GOP voice on foreign affairs took to the Senate floor to urge Bush to avoid further damage to America's military readiness and long-term national security.

"Our course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security interests in the Middle East and beyond. Our continuing absorption with military activities in Iraq is limiting our diplomatic assertiveness there and elsewhere in the world," he said.

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  1. alex chapman ville platte,la.

    Guts. Or too much blood spilled for such a small return on such a large investment-by a few.

    June 26, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Too many of our best soldiers have been killed in Iraq with many more that has been seriously wounded.

    It is about time the Republican leadership start to stand-up to Bush instead of playing party politics.

    I wonder is this is sincere gesture or if he simply trying to get re-elected due to the unpopularity of the war.

    June 26, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    It's a serious comment Senator Lugar is extremely popular in Indiana he ran UNOPPOSED IN 2006 and is not in fear of losing his seat and I'm a Democrat. It's a wake up call to the Bush administration that this war is indeed hurting our image and our military. I have one, soon to be two. children in the Air Force and I support our troops as much of anyone but how do you impose your will on someone 8,000 miles away, who is willing to die with explosives taped to themselves to kill US Soldiers. It's time to turn Iraq back to the Iraqi people we did our job we freed them from Sadam now they must learn to live together.

    Kevin D. McInerney
    Deer Park , Texas

    June 26, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Eddie, los Angeles, CA

    This Senator made a verbal statement, but the actual statement that really counts is that he won't vote for a timetable for our men and woman to return home.

    No leadership is being diplayed here!

    June 26, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. dianne, cedar rapids,ia

    Lugar should have retired a LONG time ago, as should many others in the house and senate.

    June 26, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    Bush is the decider so it doesn't make any difference whan anyone else says. He has always wanted to be KING of America.

    June 26, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |