Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) WAS one of those giving Bush waivers on the Iraq War Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) WAS one of those giving Bush waivers on the Iraq War

14 March 2007 at 11:57:35 PM

and says he doesn't know if he can completely support the bill to withdraw troops by 2008.

Edwards is uncomfortable with a deadline – the plan now gives the president and the Iraqi government until September 2008 to meet benchmarks – but has been surprised by how many retired generals have told him they would support one. “I would normally shy away from a date certain,” said Edwards, who represented Fort Hood until the 2004 redistricting placed the facility outside his district. “But the war has now gone on longer than our involvement in World War II.”

With Democratic leaders scrambling to get support for the bill, Edwards said that its success will come down to “simple math.” Will there be enough House liberals who want to exit Iraq now and enough Democratic centrists able to compromise their positions? “The anti-war crowd can’t get 100 votes in the House,” said Edwards.

So.. it all comes down to politics, eh? The centrists, such as Edwards, would compromise the positions of those who want to EXIT THIS WAR?

I'm still waiting to find out from Edward's office if he also was one that gave Bush a pass on having to come to Congress before invading Iran. I already know he likes to use the Republican talking point about not micromanaging the war.  New article out tonight shows how Edwards likes to, like Joe Lieberman, term himself as an independent. Knew that already from his last campaign when the word *Democrat* didn't appear anywhere on his website or literature.

Although he is ideologically in tune with the “Blue Dog” Democrats, he has not joined the group because “I like to be independent-minded” and does not want to be locked into a position the group might take.

Interesting to note that Edwards isn't a veteran; funny how so many of the ones that are the biggest boosters of war haven't served themselves.

Edwards, 55, is a strong supporter of defense programs although he never served in the military having received college deferments during the Vietnam War.

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