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Senator Dianne Feinstein on "Cutting and Running"

By June 20, 2006

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As we receive the sad but inevitable news this morning that the two US soldiers missing in Iraq have been found dead, I feel sickened by more losses borne by military families while the Bush Administration "stays the course" in a course-less, directionless occupation of a country that posed no national security risk to the United States.

Lacking a coherent rationale to continue the Iraq War, Congressional Republicans childishly resort to goading Democrats and other Republicans by accusing them of wanting to "cut and run" from Iraq.

The best response I've heard to this silly, emotion-baiting "cut and run" sound-byte came from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday, June 18, 2006, to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

"Three years into a war that was supposed to take 30 or 40 days is not 'cutting and running.' "

Related Reading
Profile of US Senator Dianne Feinstein of California
Iraq War Statistics & Results as of June 15, 2006
Rep. Murtha Slams Iraq War, Karl Rove on "Meet the Press" on June 18, 2006
Missing G.I.'s Are Found Dead in Iraq , New York Times on June 20, 2006


June 20, 2006 at 12:52 pm
(1) Jan Austin says:

Why did Feinstein vote to send these kids to die? She’s too smart for that, it had to be for political reasons.

June 20, 2006 at 12:59 pm
(2) Deborah White says:

My guess is that, like so many Democratic politicians in DC today, many of them have wised-up considerably and are measurably less naive about the Bush Administration than they were in 2002 when they voted to support the President on Iraq. Almost all Democratic senators who voted YES in 2002 now dearly wish they had voted differently.

Except Hillary, apparently…..

June 20, 2006 at 4:46 pm
(3) Jan Austin says:

So they have a lack of foresight that half of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate possess. It’s interesting Kerry, Clinton, Edwards and Gore (he sold his vote of support to the first Persin Gulf war) want to run the country. how can they be trusuted when their colleagues who aren’t necesarily running showed courage or forebearance?

June 20, 2006 at 6:23 pm
(4) Philip Rolfe says:

One thing about the liberals is that they are not going to be happy until we have no guns, and no army, and a much bigger government to take care of us poor folks.

June 21, 2006 at 1:21 am
(5) Deborah White says:

Jan, I agree that those who had the foresight to vote against the war in 2002 deserve special recognition for their leadership, courage and discernment.

That’s why I wrote this article, listing all who voted NO on the Iraq War in 2002: http://usliberals.about.com/od/liberalleadership/a/IraqNayVote.htm

June 21, 2006 at 12:46 pm
(6) Jan Austin says:

You’ve always been ahead of the curve in opposing the war, Deb(We were peaceniks, when peaceniks weren’t cool). I’m not arguing with you, but making points about those who sent these kids to die.

June 26, 2006 at 4:12 am
(7) Jan Austin says:

BTW, Phil- where is Osama, the same place the WMD are?

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