On July 12, 2007, Rep. Jeb Hensarling joined other Republicans in voting against a bill that would have set a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. I support the congressman’s vote on this.
Here’s how the Washington Post describes the bill:
“Vote 624: H R 2956: This bill would require the president to begin reducing the number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq 120 days after its enactment and would require most troops to be withdrawn by April 1, 2008. The bill also states that the 2002 congressional authorization for the Iraq war only authorized the president use force to confront an Iraqi government that threatened the United States. The measure says that the new Iraqi government is not a threat and that it “now be responsible for Iraq’s future course.” Language in the bill requires the president to submit a “comprehensive strategy” for Iraq to certain congressional committees by January 1, 2008 and requires him to update that strategy again in July, 2008 and every 90 days thereafter. The bill passed the House on July 12 by a vote of 223 to 201. President Bush has promised to veto any bill that sets a deadline for troop withdrawal.”
While timetables for withdrawal should not be set at this point, this is an issue that may need to be revisited. The mistake we made was in invading Iraq in the first play, and President Bush will be held responsible by history for this terrible foreign policy decision. It was terrible primarily because it was based on a lie, a lie promoted by the Bush Administration. In short, they found the “evidence” they wanted to support the move they wanted to make. A disgrace! And I voted for President Bush.
Despite that mistake, we need to be careful how we disengage. We now have a responsibility to the people of Iraq. Of course, they also share the responsibility for their future. If the Shiite and Sunni factions cannot share power, then one of two things will happen — the most powerful faction will dominate the weaker or the nation will have to be partitioned.