August 26, 2007
Virginia's senior Senator John Warner (R) says something concrete must be done to show Iraq's government they can not lean on U.S. troops forever.
Taking to the Sunday morning talk shows, Senator Warner said he'll consider supporting democratic legislation to order troop withdrawals if the president refuses to set a return timetable soon.
"That's precisely what I said to the president. I said, here is an option. You can initiate a first withdrawal. You pick the number, Mr. President, and it would send a signal to the Iraqi government that matches your words. His words being, we're not going to be there forever," said Senator John Warner on NBC's Meet The Press.
Virginia Senator Jim Webb (D) said he commends Warner for trying to find a solution that transcends party politics and he supports his Virginia colleague's plan to pull a small number of troops out of Iraq soon.
"We're not going to have stability in that region until the American troops are out of Iraq. We have to do it in a way that brings in the other countries around the region, allows us to focus on international terrorism, and does not destabilize the region," said Senator Jim Webb on ABC News This Week.
According to Webb, U.S. entry into Iraq was never a good move. "The Iraqis didn't attack us. This is what this administration has been doing
since 2001," said Webb.
However, now that we are there, Virginia's senators agree, a timetable for withdrawal is proving necessary.
"All President Bush has got to say is back up his words we're not going to be there forever. This is just one idea. If there's a better idea, put it on the table," said Warner.
The White House has said the president won't make any decisions until he receives the September 15th progress report from his commanders.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Prime Minister is getting defensive. In a news conference he singled-out democratic senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carl Levin for treating Iraq as one of their villages.