August 23rd, 2007
03:34 PM ET
12 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. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Right ON

    August 23, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Dane Columbus, OH

    "One of the Senate's top Republicans"? WHO?

    August 23, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. SATIRE IS MY BUSINESS

    SO we are just supposed to guess which Republican flip-floped the MOST recently then I take it? Hmm. Well, thanks for narrowing my choices down CNN, I knew you were good for something.

    *This just in* Somewhere on the opposite side of the world, the seasons are opposite and it's nighttime!!! Crazy, I know!

    August 23, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. John, Ca.

    The Iraqi political system has never accomplished anything until we have set a deadline.

    Reference: Elections and their half way done Constitution.

    August 23, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    On a more serious subject: How do you tell a Rep. politician from a Dem. politician? 1)He probably never served in Vietnam & 2) His kids & his neigbors kids ain't been to Iraq.

    August 23, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    Long overdue!

    August 23, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. J.B. Oak Lawn IL

    Common-sense red state Republicans like Chuck Hagel and John Warner have shown their Senatorial ability to use their own best judgement and not rubber-stamp the Bush White House. Good for them!

    August 23, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. John Swanson Chicago

    AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! Is that a wax sculpture!?!?!??!?! Scared the Bejeezus outta me!

    August 23, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. 666

    So I guess posting Song lyrics is in poor taste too then? Sorry to be striking so many nerves here cnn, political admin douchebag.

    August 23, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Yo John in CA,

    So just when did the Iraqi political system ever accomplish anything? Methinks it has possibly been a figment of Dubya's imagination since day one. Or worse, it has been an intentional ruse of Dubya's part. You pick it.

    August 23, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sen. John Warner is right on! Finally some common sense!
    Obama 08!

    August 23, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Jeff Houston, TX

    Dubya? How mature.

    It's good to see efforts coming in to put pressure on the Iraqi government. A monthlong recess, while important for visiting constituents and handling affairs, it is unacceptable for a government which has accomplished few of it's most important tasks.

    Maybe the Arab world just isn't ready for Democracy, but at least we removed the goon we placed in power back in the 50's. Americans have been meddling in the Middle East since the Cold War. 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.

    August 23, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. John, Ashburn, Virginia

    Another loudmouth Senator interfering with foreign policy based on personal opinion. Whether he's right or wrong, if senate members want to run foreign policy, they need to get elected to the EXECUTIVE branch or keep their useless opinions to themselves. I voted for Warner, but he's past his shelf life.

    August 23, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. MARCY, MARGATE, FL.

    JOHN WARNER DOES WHAT IS GOOD FOR JOHN WARNER AND NOT THE TROOPS AND THE COUNTRY.

    August 23, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    LOL – John Swanson / Chicago !!

    I thought it was a was figurine of Lincoln clean shaven. And I don't mean what Lincoln would have looked like 150 years ago... rather what he would look like if still living!

    August 23, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Chicago, IL

    It looks like people from his own party are starting to turn against Bush.

    August 23, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. ReadBtwthlins

    Why are you expecting more from a 4 yr old Iraqi government than from your own 225 yr old government?

    August 23, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Kaiser Edmond, Riverdale, GA

    So are saying we since they are only 4 years we have to be there another 221 years?

    August 23, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. RightyTighty

    HELLO in there...,

    Republican's DO want to come home from Iraq! We just don't want to abandon the Iraqi's as the dems did the Vietnamese. That's their legacy. We Republicans would like for this one to be different, for the sake of the US and freedom loving Iraqi's.

    Don't confuse sending a strong political signal with the cut and run dem strategy.

    August 23, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. George Smith, Troy, NH

    Very much a class act, him and Dick Lugar from Indiana. THe GOP really, really needs people like that.

    August 23, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. S Bengtson, Phoenix, AZ

    republicans always do what’s best for republicans, in this case trying to distance them selves from a amazingly unpopular president who they are no longer able to control. Why he is doing the right thing is important but let’s get are people home and then try him along with bush and chenney.

    August 23, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. David, Salinas, CA

    This is a BIG story. John Warner is not just some random republican. He’s a WWII vet, a leading voice on military matters and a former Secretary of the Navy. The Bush administration can’t be happy about this defection.

    And for those of you criticizing his appearance: he was married to Elizabeth Taylor and you weren’t.

    August 23, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. David, Salinas, CA

    Jeff from Houston TX writes:
    “Quit acting like this is George W. Bush's fault... At least G. W. put his money where his mouth is”

    Actually it was our money, Jeff. About a trillion dollars of it... And thousands of American troops dead and maimed... And our international reputation in tatters...

    This irresponsible and reckless war IS George W. Bush’s fault, Jeff. Quit acting like it isn’t.

    August 23, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Marcy in Margate –
    Exactly how is John Warner doing what's not good for our troops? Pulling them out of a futile and illegal war is not good for the troops or for America you say?

    JON in Sacramento-
    Yes, an illegal war. The vast majority of international law groups in the world, plus notable figures like Kofi Annan, Hans Blix, French president Chirac, etc. have all revealed how the world sees the whole war as illegal. And please don't knock Chirac for being French because I expect better from you.
    Most international bodies, particularly advanced nations, see this war as an act of pre emptive aggression, the kind usually seen by Sadaam invading Kuwait or Hitler in Poland (and then some!).
    H.J. Resolution, Section 3, Paragraph B stated that the United States was required to either show evidence of existing WMD or a connection between Iraq and 9-11. Obviously, no substantial proof for either was produced. Also, Resolution 1441 called for a vote by the 15 member Security Council before force was taken. The US and UK acted alone and with blatent disregard to the institution of the United Nations.
    Of course, this is one of the reasons the US has lost clout in the world.
    I love this country and would like our honor and respect brought back. I don't bash the Bush administration just for fun or to jump on a party bandwagon.
    Cheers,

    August 23, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Jeff Houston, TX ... "At least G. W. put his money where his mouth is"?

    No ... Dubya put EVERYBODY'S money (450 billion) where his mouth is ... and the lives of everybody ELSE'S kids (over 3,600 and counting).

    And he did it to fight a war – based on WMDs his own inspectors told him Saddam DIDN'T have – that he said himself you couldn't win ("I don't think you can win it").

    And this was before he lied and said we WERE ("absolutely")winning it, which was before his Sec of Defense Gates told a Senate committee we WEREN'T winning.

    Yep, hail to the Thief for making the wrong decisions (consistently) after being warned in advance they were the WRONG decisions by the people he then retired.

    Kudos to Dubya for that!

    Right?

    Thanks for posting Jeff and giving me the opportunity to correct you.

    I'll probably be correcting your future posts as well.

    August 23, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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