Sen. Warner Calls for Change of Course in Iraq

July 13, 2007

Republican Senators John Warner and Richard Lugar have drafted legislation requiring President Bush to dramatically narrow the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq.

The bill would require the president to create a plan for U.S. troops that would keep them from "policing the civil strife and sectarian violence." Instead, their mission would focus on protecting Iraq's borders, targeting terrorists and defending U-S assets.

The proposal calls for the new strategy to be in place by the
end of the year.

The Warner-Lugar proposal is the first major legislative challenge to Bush's Iraq policy. It is seen as leading to a more bipartisan stance of dissatisfaction with the war.

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