Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who has become the favorite Presidential candidate of many in the Republican conservative base now that Mitt Romney has been exposed, now openly opposes President Bush’s surge in troops. Here is what he has to say:
“I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer. Iraq requires a political rather than a military solution. In the last two days, I have met with Prime Minister Maliki, with two deputy presidents and the president of the Kurdish region. I came away from these meetings convinced that the United States should not increase its involvement until Sunnis and Shi’a are more willing to cooperate with each other instead of shooting at each other.”
“The Kurdish leadership does not wish to get in the middle of a sectarian fight between the Sunni and Shi’a, and the United States should not either. Instead of surging troops, we must press the Iraqi government to reach a political solution. We cannot achieve a political solution while a military solution is imposed. The best way to reach a democratic Iraq is to empower the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own nation building.”
So, who is your candidate now, fellas? And just how bad can it get for President Bush?