Brownback Opposes the Surge

Kansas just isn’t the same any more. In addition to being on the verge of dumping intelligent design to restore science education and having many moderates win in the last election, even their far right wing Senator is making some sense today. The Wichita Eagle reports that Sam Brownback has come out against Bush’s escalation of the war:

Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback came out against President Bush’s expected call tonight for a surge of 22,000 more troops into Iraq.

“I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer,” Brownback said while traveling in Iraq. “Iraq requires a political rather than a military solution.”

Brownback had previously supported a short-term surge of troops if it could help achieve long-term political stability, which the Bush Administration has said it hopes a troop surge will help achieve.

But Brownback rejected that argument after meeting this week with several Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and U.S. military commanders.

“I came away from these meetings convinced that the United States should not increase its involvement until Sunnis and Shi’a are more willing to cooperate with each other instead of shooting at each other,” Brownback said.

“The best way to reach a democratic Iraq is to empower the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own nation building,” Brownback concluded, saying it is not in U.S. interest to get deeply involved in sectarian strife.

Most likely he also spoke to his poltical advisors who warned him that backing this could doom one’s chances of winning the White House in 2008. (It remains uncertain if this also applies to John McCain, but we can hope.)

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