Smith backs Iraq withdrawal by spring
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., will be the lead Republican co-sponsor of legislation that would withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the spring of 2008.Now the "O" to it's credit does point out that Gordon still supports super Iraq war hawk John McCain's bid for the presidency.
Under the proposed amendment to the Defense Department authorization bill, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the United States would begin withdrawing troops within 120 days. It calls for withdrawal of all troops but those involved in counterterrorism efforts by the spring.
Smith voted to authorize the use of military force in Iraq in 2002 and was a public supporter of President Bush's war strategy until December, when he gave a speech calling the Iraq policy "absurd."
Smith has been among a small group of senators advising Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. The Arizona Republican, however, has supported President Bush's strategy of increasing troops in Iraq and in a statement on the Senate floor today cautioned against withdrawal.Considering the condition of McCain's failing campaign this would indicate that Gordon is not only a hypocrite but a dumb hypocrite.
Gordon gets some national press:
That proposal, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (Mich.) and Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), would begin troop reductions no later than 120 days after enactment. U.S. forces would then shift their efforts to targeted missions such as counterterrorism. The process would have to be completed by April 30, 2008.
The plan "says that America will no longer be the policeman of a civil war," said Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.), the sole GOP co-sponsor of the Levin-Reed measure. "But no terrorists in Iraq can ever sleep peacefully because it does not call for a pullout from Iraq, but a responsible way forward."