July 9th, 2007
07:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Snowe considering timetable for Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is "seriously considering" voting to impose a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, her spokesman David Snepp said Monday. Snowe has been a frequent critic of the war, but has said in the past the setting timetables for withdrawal would be a mistake.

Such a vote would be a blow to President Bush who has seen several senior Republican senators in recent weeks call for major changes in the war's strategy. Snepp said her declaration that she is considering it means there is a "good chance" she'll end up voting for an amendment sponsored by Democratic Sens. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Carl Levin of Michigan, which is expected on the floor this week as part of a Defense Department authorization bill.

The amendment would require combat troops begin to leave Iraq 120 days after the bill is enacted - with a goal of completing the withdrawal by the end of March, 2008. Snepp said that date might be changed to the end of April in order to pickup additional votes because some lawmakers think it's too hasty to be out by March.

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett

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  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Al-Qaida, Iran and Syria all sends their thanks, Olympia. Good job lifting the spirits of the terrorists and their supporters. And it buys you some political mileage back home. Granted you helped provide the terrorists an accelerated timetable for increased attacks, but don't worry about the lives of our soldiers. Political expediency is more important, right?

    July 9, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. MCD, san francisco, ca

    This war is a failure. This presidency is a failure. Why are republicans still backing bush? Everything he has done throughout his lifetime has ended in failure.

    He went to Iraq for the oil and now, chances of getting it are looking to be slim to none.

    He is stonewalling the American people so he can get the oil and the Iraq government is stonewalling bush so he can't get the oil.

    Is this why our troops are risking & losing their lives everyday?

    July 9, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Antonii De Joya, Toms River New jersey

    >As expected in the days to come, more U.S casualties will be sacrificed – for this useless war, and more U.S families will be broken and will be devastated for the lossess. This, in the end will cause so much heartaches to american families than to our President and other leaders who continue to support and are pushing this war to the limit.
    This war will not end because US troops will continue the war as dictated by our President. This will only end -when no more US & allied troops are there!
    One major factor that this war will continues is that IRAQ leaders continue to enjoy financial supports for themselves and continued support to the enemies. This is actually "a war games!" and with a huge "silent" motivation to stay in IRAQ is top priority of this present administration.
    IRAQI government want this war and they are gaining more as days goesby, there is a complete massacre going on there!!believe it or not! this is how they want it to happen...plain and simple -more money in U.S currency coming in,the more they can prolong the war. Arabs supplies weapons and ammunition only in exchange of cash..and this is what is going on there. the more money, the better! every IRAQI that holds gun are paid! and this is the game plan of the IRAQI government, fight the troops and will pay you!
    Sending combat troops will not be of help because in the end, they will just die and nothing will happen. The main point is...THIS IS THE TIME TO PULL OUT EVERY U.S TROOPS – BECAUSE THIS IS " A WAR GAMES ". THIS IS NO LONGER A TERRORIST WAR...terrorist war is already far from over...Osama bin laden has been out of this game long time ago...likewise saddam hussein.."there is no more point to revenge for the 9/11 episode. It is already done. All this present threat of terror attack are all propaganda and was meant to excite the mind of every citizen trying to convince us that there is really such a thing that exist...but to all this threat – are all self-made by our great leaders in the secret service agencies and our leader who are trying to manipulate many issues.
    This is why many other world leaders are so upset with our President is because of this continued indulgence in the idea of war...and in the end creating more chaos..where in fact, UNITY is already forthcoming....!!!If our leader will not support any war...then, there will be no war in part of the world!! U.S govt is the number one supporter of wars and provider of weapons of mass destruction. Our leader are too engrossed in this multi-billion dollars global war games!!! when will it end? it will never end..because currently, Our leader are preparing for a new kind of HIGH TECH war!! more dangerous, more lethal and definitely huge financial gains..!!
    so to our fellow citizens and watcher and listeners to CNN news – let us be awakened this time..because, there is no real future to all this stupidity!!

    July 9, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Thank you Senator Snowe for finally coming around and 'smelling the roses.' I would now expect more of your Republican colleagues to follow, more sooner than later of course. I would take an educated guess that eventually, President Bush will become increasingly more isolated on 'his stay the course' policy. One day, perhaps sooner than later, the President will find himself all alone, with just his closest advisors at his side. You know, Cheney, Rove, Gonzales and that crowd. It's called End Game!

    July 10, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Pete, T.S. FL


    The mothers and fathers of our American Heroes thank you.

    Jon, the world will not end once we withdraw, it will force the Iraqi government to stand up, it will force the Iraqi military to man up and it will force the other Middle Eastern countries to get engaged to stop it as they all have a great stake in it.

    Remember “W” created this terrorist training ground, and “W” is the number one recruiting tool for the terrorist! Unlike the U.S. Army they have no problem meeting their

    July 10, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca


    If Congress wishes to negotiate with the President an exit strategy – fantastic. Publically announcing changes in policy, strategy and SPECIFICALLY timetables only further endanger the good men & women working to help the Iraqi people.

    I know everyone loves to say this is "W"s war. But as I seem to recall a majority of congress voted to support, fund, and revoted to continue funding. Those included in the voting FOR the war include Hillary, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, etc. Or do they get a "pass" from criticism and blame because they're democrats?

    July 10, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Ann Brunswick ME

    Snow's getting old and losing the bubble.

    July 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Theresa Skira - Rockport, Maine

    Thank you, Senator Snow.

    We elect our representatives to speak for us. 74% of Americans want our troops home. They are sitting ducks in the middle of a civil war we created.

    70% of Americans were sold this invasion on falsehoods and FEAR.

    War must NEVER be waged unless we are in imminent danger and ALL diplomacy has been exhausted.

    We opened a pandora's box by invading Iraq. It will be indeed a horrible blood bath when our troops leave.

    Please do all in your power to see to it that our troups and those who worked with us over there leave as safely as possible. My heart breaks for all those needless injuries and deaths of the past, the present and those which will follow our exit.

    July 12, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |