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PostTalk: Top GOP Senator Losing Patience With Iraq's Gov't

The Fix's Chris Cillizza and Washington Post national political reporter Dan Balz sat down Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In the video excerpt below, the Senate's top Republican "predicted that, unless the current troop surge succeeds, U.S. policy will be changed by year's end either by President Bush or congressional action." (Read related story.)

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VIDEO | PostTalk: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Video by John Poole and Pierre Kattar; edited by Jacqueline Refo.)

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 9, 2007; 10:00 PM ET
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Why the Iraq war must continue:

1. My stocks in companies that war as a business need to go up another 20%.

2. It is great for business, my halal food processing business is doing wonderful in Florida.

3. It will be the downfall of the Republican Party, and shame on everyone for supporting it.

4. Not good for the morale of the country. Attorneys gotta eat. Nothing better than a war to make you feel good about yourself.

5. The recession will be a sure thing in three months. Think of the buying opportunities!

6. The US needs to be a third world country, this last housing bubble did not extract enough wealth from the middle class. They are still strutting their stuff as if they are somebody.

7. Misery adds just as much to the GDP as happiness does.

8. The US needs more losses so we can look even better to the rest of the world.

9. We need Iran's oil, my SUV can't run on fumes. Who is writing up the plan to attack Chavez? If we leave Iraq, we just can't move all that equipment back to Iran.

10.War is good for us. Makes us strong. Builds character.

Posted by: edgar stevenson | May 10, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, Howard, they might be looking to save their own skins in '08. I agree we can't expect them to honestly care about all the blood and treasure they've wasted any more than we can expect that from Bush. The past, however, is prologue and the preservation of their own careers in Congress must be paramount in their minds.

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I'll believe Republican congressmen deserting the President on the war when I see it. When push comes to shove, they'll back down. This reminds me of the story of the little guy who told a huge guy that he had 30 seconds to take back what he said about him. When the big guy asked what would happen if he didn't, the small guy said "Well in that case, I'll give you some more time".

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Once ensconced in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, however, Cheney appeared to reserve his toughest language for his normal target - the press. Cheney held a lot of photo ops with key Iraqi leaders like Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, but was adamant about not taking questions. At one point, Cheney emphasized to the assembled journalists that "this is just a photo spray." Later in the day, as reporters filed into an embassy conference room for another photo of Cheney they overheard him tell his staff "then we kick the press out."

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WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Moderate Republicans gave President Bush a blunt warning on his Iraq policy at a private White House meeting this week, telling the president that conditions needed to improve markedly by fall or more Republicans would desert him on the war.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

From the AP: "A sharp increase in mortar attacks on the Green Zone -- the one-time oasis of security in Iraq's turbulent capital -- has prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue a strict new order telling all employees to wear flak vests and helmets while in unprotected buildings or whenever they are outside."

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Well gopers and cheerleaders for war profiteers -- looks like your excellent adventure in Iraq is about to come to an end -- the writing is on the wall. No more big tough talk for the chickenhawks--what will you fantasize about now?

'Journalists traveling with the vice president reported that aboard Air Force Two en route to Iraq, someone identified only as a "senior administration official" said Cheney's message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would be clear.

"We've got to get this work done. It's game time. ... Everybody's got to sit down, raise their game, redouble their efforts," the senior administration official said.

To say that it's finally "game time" more than four years into the war is a pretty startling statement.

"The administration is becoming increasingly desperate because they know time is running out," explained Lawrence Korb, a former Reagan Defense Department official who now works at the liberal Center for American Progress.'

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2007 8:00 AM | Report abuse

And all of our 'allies' in the region, that we do so much business with [and who own much of the US' most important infrastructure] like Saudi Arabia and Dubai have lost patience with Maliki too. But Cheney has promised them all [yesterday] that our troops were not leaving. Not as long as he is in power. So what do repubs think they're going to do about that?

They had better know that Cheney doesn't give a rat's a*s about them or anything but money, so they better be prepared for a bruising fight.

Posted by: drindl | May 10, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we wouldn't be in such a mess if Mitch McConnell didn't make his assistant Hunter Bates millions of dollars by sending iPods to Afghanistan...is he going to give him a contract to Iraq next?

http://cliffschecter.blogspot.com/2007/04/ipods-in-afghanistan-i-am-all-for-usaid.html

http://bobgeiger.blogspot.com/2007/04/mcconnell-and-ipods-in-afghanistan.html

Posted by: Bluegrass | May 10, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

American Legion Decries Dems New War Plan

A nearly century-old group that represents American veterans is lambasting the Democrats' latest plan to fund U.S. operations in Iraq.

http://onthehillblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/american-legion-decries-dems-new-war.html

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 11:26 PM | Report abuse

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