Friday, June 24, 2005

It would appear that Bush is losing support for the Iraq war among members of his own party. Did I say "losing support?" Actually, it's turning into a regular avalanche.

First up, we have Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel. He has come right out and said "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." It should be noted, however, that he's not terribly popular among his fellow Republicans since he had the balls to voice concerns about the war in the first place. Now it seems like he was downright prophetic.

Then there's Walter Jones, a congressman from North Carolina. Not only is he from a southern state, but his district includes a huge Marine Corps base, Camp LeJeune. He has introduced a bill to require the United States to begin withdrawing troops from here by October of 2006. "It's time now," Jones says, "to take a fresh look at where we are and where we are going."

Personally I think October of next year too long to wait, especially since my trial is expected to begin in just a few months. But while Jones may need to work on his timing, I won't quibble with his intent.

But Jones' opposition is more significant for another reason: He's the guy who, when France refused to join Bush in his Iraq folly, said that the term "french fries" should be changed to "freedom fries."