Senator Richard Lugar, (R-IN), on Monday, June 25, 2007, that Bush's Iraq plan isn't working and that a new strategy is needed. Lugar's remarks came in a Senate floor speech. In his speech he called for the United States to downsize the military's role in Iraq. Lugar is the former GOP Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is regarded as one of the Republicans leading members of the Senate. This quote is from his speech:
"In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved. Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term."
This is not a good thing for Bubble-Boy and the Duck Hunter. Lugar is well regarded by the Washington media insiders. He is known to be a staunch Republican, but one with a brain. As this article points out, his defection will give "cover" to other Republicans who are uneasy about BB's Iraq strategy. If you are a views of the Sunday morning talking heads shows, expect to hear a lot about Lugar's comments this next Sunday. Tim, George, and others will take note of Lugar's refusal to keep drinking BB's Iraq Kool-Aid.