More GOP Sens Sour on Surge Talk


Via Drudge comes this AP report:

Congressional Republicans pushed back Monday against President Bush's decision to increase troop strength in Iraq, some voicing opposition while others urged holding the administration and Iraqi government more accountable for the war effort.

"We've had four other surges since we first went into Iraq," said Sen. Susan Collins, referring to the administration's plan for an additional 21,500 troops. "None of them produced a long-lasting change in the situation on the ground.

"So I am very skeptical that this surge would produce the desired outcome," said the Maine Republican….

Sen. John Warner of Virginia, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Collins and Norm Coleman of Minnesota in producing…legislation expressing disagreement with Bush's plan. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., joined them.

None of these Reps–Collins, Warner, Coleman, are exactly hardcore Bushites, which may make their willingness to go public even more of a bellwether.

More here.