August 23rd, 2007
03:34 PM ET
7 years ago

Leading Senate Republican calls for Iraq pullout to start

Warner is back from a recent trip to Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of the Senate's top Republicans has called on President Bush to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq by Christmas, telling reporters Thursday that a pullout was needed to spur Iraqi leaders to action.

Sen. John Warner, the influential former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he has recommended that Bush announce the beginning of a U.S. withdrawal in mid-September, after a report from the top U.S. officials in Iraq.

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  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    ReadBtwthlins ... when THEY start paying for their own war and start doing most of the fighting and the dying, we wont have ANY expectations at all!

    August 23, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. HAWK,TEXAS

    IF HE IS SO HOT TO START BRINGING THE TROOPS HOME, WHY DID HE VOTE AGAINST REDEPLOYING THEM?

    August 23, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Frank Auer Laporte CO

    Posted By Jeff Houston, TX : August 23, 2007 5:00 pm ...At least G. W. put his money where his mouth is...

    No, he put our soldiers and OUR money where his mouth is !

    August 23, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Tell the troops to start packing their duffle bags.

    If the stalwart military expert Senator Warner says it is time to start the process of coming home, then it is time. Senator Warner has more institutional knowledge about the military and intelligence matters than President Bush will ever have.

    Thank God that good judgement and common sense appear to be returning to some of our leaders in Washington.

    August 23, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Barry, Auburn, CA

    Does anyone remember during the invasion of Iraq this John Warner called Bush a "genius" for the invasion. Warner would not now be talking out the other side of his mouth but for the coming election. He walks the walk and talks the talk at his convenience not America's. Warner is a practical Republican who takes care of his Party not his Country. Listen to the way he soft pedals his advice to withdraw. Just enough to show a change, to stay in power, but not too much to offend conservatives. Warner is a communicator not a patriot or statesman. If he wasn't in poliitics he would have been a preacher.

    August 23, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Roy, Lynchburg, VA

    "I pray that the terrorist do not FOLLOW us home to Virginia..."

    August 23, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. philip tonkovich, palm springs, california

    I just can't understand why MALARKY's inability to govern is arising as a topic of discussion. It looks to me like the furball can't even give himself a close shave. I also wonder if his paychecks from Iran are hand-delivered or if he has direct deposit. It comes to this as far as I am concerned: Unless America is willing to instruct its military to become viciously brutal, on par with Atilla the Hun, we best fold up out tents and head on to some other politically inspired nonsense somewhere else. As for me, I'm totally in favor of wiping the entire mid-east as well as the Call-Center continent of of India entirely off the face of the earth, men, women, children, camels, and lambkins. I already know that many of the readers of these posts will be offended by my comments...that's why I made them.

    Bye Bye Sweetie Pie,

    Wingman88X

    P.S. Ooosy daisy, I forgot to include all the cows in India.

    August 23, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Bill Phoenix AZ

    Are you kidding me? We're supposed to get excited because this older than dirt Bush step'n fetch it finally starts talking about a move that actually supports our troops? Way to little, way to late! We need to expunge all of these people!

    August 24, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. Ross, Mosul, Iraq

    No! You can't compare 225 years to 4 years. However, the first four years of our government we did't have mass suicide bombs, security issues and servere corruption with the local police. I'm here a second time on the groud and it's seems worse than it was in OIF III. Despite what our commander and chief is saying, progress is really, really, really slow. THe surge is working in the isolated areas, but now there is more activty were the surge isn't present! You the taxpayers have to ask yourselves, "Is this investment worth the billions of taxs dollars spent and the loss of lives". As I said before the problems are:
    1) What is our mission for it keeps changing every rotation.
    2) The Iraqi Police are the most corrupt police force in the world. The local police chief just sold two SUV's to suspected insurgents for his own personal gain. I guess he trying to say thanks to the American tax payers.
    3) Unlike our first 4 years, the Iraqi people and the government don't seem to want it as much as we did. They have their own agenda.
    Maybe these are things that you don't normally hear, but I know I would be silenced. If you support the war, you might want to ask soldiers who served there rather than the media and the president. I also have to add that it's really unbecoming for our president to speak in the VFW and compare the vietnam war to the iraq war, when he dodged the draft and didn't serve. Very unbecoming.....
    We(military personnel) wish this was thought out better!

    August 24, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  10. Steve, Portland, OR

    Rats abandoning the sinking ship. Good to see the captain is still willing to go down with her. So we kicked butt in a third world nation to stop a brutal dictator we helped create, then we removed him and opened a smorgasboard of hatreds. Now we want to take our toys and go home if the Iraq political system we started doesn't work? Does ours?. How many of you citizens were in on this vote to go to war anyways? We're apparently still so naive we don't get that all we did was make a bigger mess. Iraq will not settle easily, there is way too much past baggage there and we have those in Washington in BOTH parties to thank for this mess that is taking precious dollars from families right here that need help and doing more to hurt our security right here that we need.

    August 24, 2007 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  11. Roy S Philadelphia PA

    What a mess George W Bush got us into and all over NOTHING! Iraq and Saddam were no threat to the USA and EVERYBODY knows it - except for those in denial or who still refuse to be honest about it. And "Bush's Mess" has cost us a half a TRiLLION dollars!!! That boils down to about $4,500. per American taxpayer so far. All that manpower and financial resources that could have gone into fighting the war on terror has been essentially squandered on a mess that has made things worse. According to the NIE report. Bin Laden and the 'real' al queada (not to be confused with al queada of mesopotamia in Iraq who make up less that 5 percent of insurgency) are stronger than ever. I tell ya, the Republican Neocons are gonna get us killed.

    August 24, 2007 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  12. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Yo Jeff in Texas,

    Yikes! You say Dubya "at least put HIS money where his mouth is" ...... MAN, YOU NEED HELP!

    August 24, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Josh

    "Quit acting like this is George W. Bush's fault. Even Clinton bombed Iraq. At least G. W. put his money where his mouth is, unlike the UN which simply passed a couple hundred resolutions that only hurt the very poor in the country."

    How is this not Bush's fault? He misled Congress and worse, he misled the American people by trying to connect 9/11 to Iraq. Any you made a great distinction in your comment. You said that even Clinton bombed Iraq. Yes, he only BOMBED him. Bush lied, and sent in FAR too few troops, against the advice of his generals (which he then got rid of). Now he is too stubborn to say he made a mistake. Or he is too stupid to realize it.

    August 24, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. DAF, Los Angeles, CA

    We tried to build a government without rebuilding the infrastructure and protecting the civil society that lead people to value that government.

    If we aren't ever going to do this right, then its time to stop sending young Americans to kill and die for it, and to stop wrecking our long-term economic outlook in sustaining it.

    No matter what your political orientation or opinion on the process that led to the war, that should be clear.

    August 24, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. IRA D. JINKINS, SR. 2120 WASHINGTON ST. APT.5 LINCOLN, NE 68502

    SO WHAT'S NEW WITH SENATOR WARNER, DOES HE THINK SAYING IT A 3RD TIME, WILL BE A CHARM?
    I DO NOT THINK SO! PLEASE, DO NOT SET UP THIS FALSE HOPE FOR OUR MILITARY AND OUR FAMILIES, THAT ARE ALREADY SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THIS FAILED POLICY AND NATIONAL CRISIS.
    WE DESERVE AND EXPECT BETTER FROM ONE OF OUR FELLOW VETERANS.
    JUST LET THE VOTES, VOTES, VOTES, DO THE TALKING AND WALKING!!
    THANK YOU.
    IRA D. JINKINS, SR.
    VETERAN/ARMY INFANTRY
    15.5YEARS

    August 24, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Harold J Macek, Port Richey, Florida

    Muslim terrorists did have camps in Iraq..As evidenced in blown up planes, used for terror training..to think other wise..not smart..

    August 24, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. xtina chicago IL

    OK OK John Warner has a right to speak, but the news media has a nasty habit of making one person's statement "the headline". (they do it for liberals and conservatives alike)

    August 24, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. clarence swinney burlington nc

    A Leader?BUSH WAFFLE HOUSE
    “I say what I mean and mean what I say”
    “ Promises made-Promises kept”
    “When I make up my mind it stays made up”
    “I do not take cues from anyone”
    “You can’t say one thing and do another”
    “Trust me I’m a straight shooter”
    “I’m the commander, I don’t need to explain, I do not need to explain why I do things”
    “I need a WAR to be a successful president”
    ”I’m the War President”
    “I’m the Peace President”
    “A Leader never admits mistakes”
    “I’m the Decider and I decide what is best”. God Bless the King!
    “Lucky Me, I hit the Trifecta”
    “God told me to attack the terrorists in Iraq to keep them from attacking us”.
    Exact words of Hitler except he said Poland not Iraq.
    “I’m a Recovering Drunk” said Bush. Judy Keen USA Today12-29-05
    ‘There is no point in discussing the pros and cons of the war”

    “You know what I’m gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel don’t you Herman?
    I’m telling em they are all going to Hell”. Ken Herman Austin reporter.

    IS THIS MAN SANE?

    August 24, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Dave, Haslett, Mi

    It's about time that Warner came to his senses. At the same time Warner is calling to begin troop withdrawal, the spineless Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin are going on record as saying the surge is working.This would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic.

    August 24, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Cary - Lowell, IN

    John Warner is up for re-election. That alone tells you that he has ulterior motives. He's scared about the shifting allegiences in Va. He knows if he becomes the media liberal darling, he'll draw notes. This is such a politically-motivated statement , it isn't funny.

    August 24, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Dave, Miramar Beach Fl

    I would think the rednecks of America would love to have the terrorist over here to fight.They will be able to use all them guns without going committing a crime. I guess the NRA is afraid of terrorist?Yeah we don't want those same terrorist that came here after we left Vietnam

    August 25, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Dan Kanoza, Cincinnati, OH

    Should we pull out of Iraq, without question, a greater hell would breakout, but we wont achieve a thing by staying. It's unfortunate that the Media can't bring itself to admit that we started the war there, and if we leave, we are leaving a very horrible situation which exists, because of us.

    The wars in the Middle East are religious wars and are not intended to give Democracy a chance to flourish. If our President really is an advocate of Democracy, it doesn't make sense for him to hold the Saudi King's hand, where laws exist that forbid women to drive.

    Dan Kanoza

    August 25, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Ron Nebraska

    What is with all these cut and run Repugs anyway? Can we believe in nothing anymore!?

    August 26, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Red, Toney, AL

    I believe Senator Warner has been in the Senate to long, he should hang it up and retire. He certainly should support his President vice attempting to undermine him.

    August 27, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. CAROL OLSEN - KANSAS CITY, KS

    NOW, IF WE COULD JUST GET RID OF BUSH!

    August 27, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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