U.S. Senate candidate Larry LaRocco issued a statement yesterday asking Larry Craig to join the growing chorus of Republican senators who are expressing support for a change of course in Iraq. LaRocco said:
A number of senior Senators, including Pete Domenici, a conservative Bush administration supporter from New Mexico, are breaking ranks and calling for a new direction. Domenici joins a growing list of senior Republican Senators including John Warner, Richard Lugar and George Voinovich, who have broken with the Bush escalation strategy in Iraq.
Yet Senator Larry Craig continues to be a rubber stamp for a failed foreign policy. His silence on the most critical issue facing our country is deafening. Even Senators in the Republican leadership such as Lamar Alexander and Robert Bennett have signed on as co-sponsors of the bi-partisan “Iraq Study Group Recommendations Implementation Act.” Today I call on Senator Craig not only to speak out but to join his colleagues in supporting S. 1545 to implement these recommendations. It’s time. It’s long past time.
The bi-partisan Iraq Study Group bill to draw down the number of troops in Iraq should mark the beginning of the end of the disastrous and delusional Bush Administration policy in Iraq. Because our original reason for going to war in Iraq—removal of Saddam Hussein—has long since been accomplished, Congress should also consider revoking the original authorization for the war in Iraq. Should that effort fail, Congress should reassert its power of the purse over Pentagon appropriations.