Where was Senator Lugar Before Now?

By Stanford Matthews
Blog @ MoreWhat.com

How long have US troops been in Iraq? When is the last time
Senator Richard Lugar said anything about it in public? So when he
finally does say something, what is the effect? Most call it a
defection and some call it surrender. But a few who would defend
Senator Lugar’s defection indicate he was not invited for talks on the
Iraq war at the White House. They also indicate his
communications to President Bush were not answered. So this is
how one responds to being ignored? Maybe Senator, others know how
you would act and that is why they ignored you.

And if your concern really is we have to do something before the
military has to once again extend the deployments of US troops, being
this outspoken before now in support of the troops would have been
helpful. Anyone who doubts whether your actions this month and
questions your intentions is right. Anyone questioning why
Senators such as yourself did not take strong actions in support of the
troops before now are understandably suspicious. Have you
considered how much damage this does for the very troops whose course
you seek to change. Had you let them follow the course to victory
since the beginning of the war in Iraq they would have won already.

Lugar Senate Floor Speech Calls for Course Change in Iraq

Sen Lugar
Senator Lugar calling for a course change in a speech from
the Senate floor.I rise today to offer observations on the continuing
involvement of the United States in Iraq. In my judgment, our
course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security
interests in the Middle East and beyond. Our continuing
absorption with military activities in Iraq is limiting our diplomatic
assertiveness there and elsewhere in the world. The prospects
that the current “surge” strategy will succeed in the way originally
envisioned by the President are very limited within the short period
framed by our own domestic political debate. And the strident,
polarized nature of that debate increases the risk that our involvement
in Iraq will end in a poorly planned withdrawal that undercuts our
vital interests in the Middle East. Unless we recalibrate our
strategy in Iraq to fit our domestic political conditions and the
broader needs of U.S. national security, we risk foreign policy
failures that could greatly diminish our influence in the region and
the world.

Readthe entire speech

Listen to the speech (5 MB .mp3)

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