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Another domino falls. There are now only five votes needed for a filibuster-proof majority to end the war in Iraq:

Domenici calls for a change in Iraq strategy

July 5, 2007

Domenici calls for change in Iraq strategy

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday joined a growing chorus of Republicans who are calling for a change in course in U.S. military strategy in Iraq — sooner rather than later.

Domenici, R-N.M., said he supports a bipartisan Senate bill that would create conditions that could allow for a drawdown of U.S. combat forces in Iraq by next March. The bill is based on recommendations released six months ago by an independent study group.

“I do not support an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or a reduction in funding for our troops or a reduction in funding for our troops,” he said. “But I do support a new strategy that will move our troops out of combat operations and on the path to coming home.”

President Bush has been losing GOP support for his decision in January to send 30,000 extra troops to Iraq to secure Baghdad and Anbar, although he called last weekend for patience as U.S. forces conduct stepped-up operations. The White House had thought it had until September, when military commanders are to give an assessment of Iraq.

But most senators now believe troops should start coming home within the next few months, and House Republicans are calling to revive the independent Iraq Study Group to give the nation new options. Domenici said things are getting worse, not better, in Iraq. “I am unwilling to continue our current strategy,” he said. The war was not a mistake, but it did not go the way it was planned, Domenici said. There are “shortcomings on the part of the U.S. and Defense Department,” he said. American troops have not failed, he said. “It is the Iraqi government that is failing to make even modest progress to help Iraq itself,” he said.

Domenici also said parents of New Mexico’s military war dead in the past told him that the United States should stay in Iraq as long as it takes. Now, he said, some parents have asked him to do more to bring the troops back home sooner. Domenici said he has not talked to the Bush administration about his call for a shift in strategy.

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