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Monday, January 09, 2006

Sessions Backtracks on 2003 Call for Troop Reduction

I've waited several days after the story broke to comment on the recent revelation that Jeff Sessions wrote a 2003 letter to Donald Rumsfeld encouraging a troop reduction in Iraq. I had hoped that the story would make more sense to me if I thought about if for a while. It doesn't.

After a September 2003 trip to Iraq, Sessions returned and advocated a reduction in the number of US troops "as quickly as possible". Obviously, Donald Rumsfeld didn't agree.

The Mobile Register unearthed Session's letter through a Freedom of Information Act request. Sessions explained the 2003 letter saying,

"I was more hopeful about the continued decline in violence than actually occurred."

Apparently in 2003 Sessions thought the war had been so successful that American troops were no longer needed. He now disavows such a policy and made sure to decry as "ridiculous" comparisons between Sessions' call for troop reductions with John Murtha's (D-PA) call for troop reductions.

Indeed, Sessions is now fully on the "stay the course" message in regards to the war. And though this one minor story will probably be all that comes from his 2003 letter, there seems to be more than meets the eye here. At the very least it is an odd revelation and certainly out of character for this normally strident GOP partisan.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...certainly out of character for this normally strident GOP partisan."

Zac, your mask of objectivity is slipping with this comment. If I had to guess now, I'd peg you as a closet Lucy supporter. Is that so?

8:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

=)

8:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sessions is on par with siegelman as one of the stupidest people we have ever elected. At least siegelman did have some expert tv advice. Sessions goes on TV and says we gotta find a millionaire katrina victim in order to kill the death tax. what a maroon, and a racist maroon at that!

9:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maroon? LOL. don't you mean moron?

11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the problem ,I personally think Sen.Jeff Sessions is doing a great job.Anyone who believes that any elected official is perfect should never have the privillege of casting a vote.
"LEAVE JEFF ALONE"

12:12:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I didn't think it very controversial to say that Sessions is a loyal Republican and conservative. I would imagine that he'd gladly agree to that if you asked him.

2:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whomever thinks Sessions is doing a good job should pull their heads out of their rumps.

2:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, sparky! you must be a pup. anybody old enough to understand politics is old enough to remember bugs bunny's favorite slam "what a maroon!"
go back to your mommy, then come back and post when you reach puberty.

6:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Sessions is about the least independent-minded Senator there is. Zac's objectivity is more than ok.

11:58:00 PM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

That was just... odd...

11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be a pup but at least I don't watch cartoons like you do. Bugs Bunny? LOL. Do you still watch Scooby Doo? LMAO!

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