July 13th, 2007
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP senators draft bill requiring Bush to narrow Iraq mission

Sens. Lugar, above, and Warner are drafting an amendment that declares the Iraq authorization 'obsolete'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two leading Republican senators announced Friday they want to demand President Bush offer a plan to start reducing U.S. forces in Iraq by the end of the year.

Sens. John Warner of Virginia and Richard Lugar of Indiana are proposing an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would also declare the Senate's 2002 authorization for the use of force in Iraq "obsolete" and in need of revision, Lugar says in a prepared statement to be delivered Monday on the floor of the Senate.

"We are hopeful that regardless of where senators stand on surge versus withdrawal, they will find our amendment to be a constructive bipartisan attempt to prepare for whatever policy follows in the coming months," the statement says.

"With this goal in mind, our amendment mandates that the administration immediately initiate planning for post-September contingencies, including a drawdown or re-deployment of forces. It requires those plans to be presented to Congress by October 16 of this year, and it states that the plans should be designed to be executable beginning not later than December 31."

Lugar's statement says the so-called "surge," or buildup of troops in Iraq, "must not be an excuse for failing to prepare for the next phase of our involvement in Iraq, whether that is withdrawal, redeployment, or some other option. We saw in 2003 after the initial invasion of Iraq, the disastrous results of failing to plan adequately for contingencies."

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, will report to Congress on the state of the war in September.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mike Burtner, Indianapolis IN

    We Hoosiers are proud of Sen. Dick Lugar, from his many years as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to his work with Sam Nunn to help deactivate almost 6,000 former Soviet nuclear weapons. Pres. Bush may have encountered partisan resistance to his Iraq 'strategy' and even defections among his party. But if he does not respect the eminently sound judgment of Sen. Lugar's legislation, he may go from lame duck to cooked goose.

    July 13, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Rev. Chuck Currie

    From the Vatican to the World Council of Churches to the National Council of Churches in Christ USA the Christian voice has been clear: this war has been a mistake and it is past time to end it.

    Rev. Chuck Currie

    July 13, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. DJ, Los Angeles


    This is shocking, that the Republicans are seriously starting to raise the stakes and openly question Bush not having an exit strategy.

    I never really expected the Republicans to do this to their own President.

    Not sure if something like this ever happened before?

    July 13, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, Colorado

    Lugar and Warner are smart. They know Republicans are going to die in '08 over Iraq, and they're trying to fend off part of the upcoming debacle by, finally, showing Republicans in the Senate have decided to engage thinking apparatus and quit "showing solidarity" with a brainless war plan in Iraq.

    July 13, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Steve, Lyons, Colorado

    >From the Vatican to the World Council of Churches to >the National Council of Churches in Christ USA the >Christian voice has been clear: this war has been a >mistake and it is past time to end it.

    Ha ha! Good one. Perhaps you don't count almost every loudmouthed far-right born-again moron.

    Does Robertson, Falwell (RIC – rest in crap), Dobson and the other spittle-sprayers are as pro-war as Atilla the Hun.

    In fact, a lot of people are sick of christianity because most christians don't point out the lies and hypocrites in those ranks.

    >Rev. Chuck Currie

    You might want to re-phrase, Reverend. You mean, the christians *you* talk to.

    The Christian voice, with its years of support for Bush's torture of prisoners, the turning off of basic Bill of Rights in the Constitution, ending social programs, continuing to obfuscate and sound like some prissy nun on EVERYthing sexual...the "christian" voice has been murky at best, and blatant anti-bible values at its worse.

    July 13, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. TC Plainfield IL

    I sincerely hope that Republicans in the House and Senate heed the words of Senator Lugar. President Bush and the Iraqi government have failed us and our troops. The Iraqi parliament wants to take the month of August off. That is not acceptable. What kind of progress can they make in these last two weeks of July? What are they going to accomplish in September before General Patraus' report is due? We should not wait until September or October to begin digging out of the hole we find ourselves in.

    July 13, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    A President cannot declare war.

    July 13, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. sonny c.

    Good to see Republican leaders more loyal to the welfare of their country than to their party or it's Fuhrer. Scratch two that can't be labeled as Kool-Aid Drinkers.

    July 13, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Sam Hensel

    Sens. Lugar and Warner are both exceptionally strong and brilliant leaders, and this is coming from a liberal Democrat. I just hope their wise switching of sides will be copied by even more followers. Voinovich, Domenici and Doolittle aren't enough.

    July 13, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    Lets kept in mind that Iraq isn't the war we are fighting. Its a battle field same as France & Poland. Extremist milatant groups have declared war & are in Iraq trying to control it. The United States is there target.

    July 13, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Ann Brunswick ME


    FORCED RETIREMENT must be implemented for those who make vital decisions concerning our government. It is apparent that these people are not strong in their minds any longer.

    July 13, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Ret. Navy, KY

    Rats who can't take a little heat...
    Remember Sentors you authroized the use of force. Now you say you were lied to. Most of you (R's & D's) did not even read the intel!!! The Brits did and agreed with Bush. Thank goodness Bush has a BACKBONE.

    July 14, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  13. Michael Huge, Bismarck, SD

    Does anyone else think it's as funny as I do that all the pro-war comments here contain misspelled words?


    July 14, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. jerry, decatur, il

    luger and warner ought to go to iraq and fight awhile before they design a bill to tell the soldiers how to fight the war. it is essential that the politicians keep their mouths shut and let the military handle the situation. the arrogance of the politicians is due to the dynasty mentality, they have been there so long they think they know everything and can do everything for all the citizens. TIME FOR TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESSMEN.

    July 15, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |