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Rep. Shays Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Time Frame [Shays also had sharp words for Rumsfeld....]
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Posted on 08/24/2006 4:45:21 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Rep. Shays Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Time Frame

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Christopher Shays, who is locked in a tough re-election fight against an anti-war challenger, says the U.S. should consider setting a timeline for troop withdrawals from Iraq.

``Our troops cannot be there indefinitely,'' Shays, R-Conn., said Thursday from London during a telephone conference call with reporters after visiting Iraq for the 14th time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. ``We need to have a sense of when our troops can withdraw.''

Shays, who has previously opposed timetables for drawing down troops, said he hopes to offer a specific time frame after he holds congressional hearings on Iraq next month.

``We should be able to tell the American people what kind of timeline we can have to begin to draw down our troops,'' he said. ``It may be a timeline the American people don't want to hear. It may not be something that brings them out quickly.''

Shays has come under fire for his support of the Iraq war from Democratic challenger Diane Farrell in a race widely seen as a showdown on the war.

Farrell, former Westport First Selectman, took sharp aim at her opponent.

``I don't think Chris needed to go to Iraq 14 times to know it's a mess,'' she said. ``To have a time line, there needs to be an exit plan. There's no exit strategy.''

Farrell, who opposes troop pullback timetables proposed by some in her party, has called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation in favor of a successor who can develop an Iraq exit plan that Congress supports.

``Congress ought to demand an exit plan,'' she said.

The race, one of the most closely watched in the nation, is a rematch of the close contest Farrell lost two years ago.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; rino; shays
Losing your backbone Chris?
1 posted on 08/24/2006 4:45:22 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Shays can go find a knothole and entertain himself. He's more useful that way than flapping his gums.


2 posted on 08/24/2006 4:46:45 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Sub-Driver

What happened to all the conservatives? They're apparently not in the Republican party any longer.


3 posted on 08/24/2006 4:48:09 PM PDT by Doohickey (I am not unappeasable. YOU are just too easily appeased.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did he put his hand on his hip AND lisp when he called for Rummie's head?


4 posted on 08/24/2006 4:49:24 PM PDT by toddlintown (IT)
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To: Sub-Driver

The recent buildup in US forces in Baghdad have apparently had a calming effect in the region. Putting a timetable on withdrawal is seriously poor strategic planning. The US should leave Iraq when the Gov't feels they have a peaceful country and can safely ask the US to withdraw and pack them a lunch for their trip home.


5 posted on 08/24/2006 4:50:06 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Sub-Driver
We should be able to tell the American people what kind of timeline we can have to begin to draw down our troops,'' he said. ``It may be a timeline the American people don't want to hear.

You will also be telling the terrorists what kind of time line they can have to begin to bring in their people after our troops leave. It is a time line the terrorists want to hear.
6 posted on 08/24/2006 4:51:06 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , You earn it . You keep it!)
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To: Doohickey

Shays was never a conservative, and he's a marginal Republican. His sole value is calling himself a Republican so we have a vote for speaker and get the committee chairs. Otherwise, he is useless, and in some cases, harmful.


7 posted on 08/24/2006 4:51:46 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Losing your backbone Chris?

He never had backbone.
8 posted on 08/24/2006 4:52:23 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , You earn it . You keep it!)
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To: Sub-Driver
If Chris Shays lost to a Democrat, would anyone notice?


9 posted on 08/24/2006 4:53:32 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (Assistant to the traveling secretary.)
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To: Miss Marple
Otherwise, he is useless, and in some cases, harmful.

I'd say he has become VERY harmful with these idiotic statements. He's disgusting.

10 posted on 08/24/2006 4:54:49 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Forth Century)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe Chris should demand a timetable for Iran to withdraw from Iraq?


11 posted on 08/24/2006 4:56:24 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (Assistant to the traveling secretary.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Rep Shays, joining Dems, MSM and other on the Al Qaeda

Keep Hope Alive Tour.

12 posted on 08/24/2006 4:57:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Helen Thomas on anticipating and handling a crisis: "I'll live under that bridge when I get to it.")
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To: Sub-Driver

McCain's sock puppet.


13 posted on 08/24/2006 4:58:18 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Sub-Driver
He never had any backbone. Shays is the worst kind of pussy.

Now that he is losing his election, he is desperately seeking Democrat votes. We don't need him and I hope he goes down hard.
14 posted on 08/24/2006 4:59:14 PM PDT by Pukin Dog
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To: Sub-Driver
So everyone can put a FIRM lock on what this jerk looks like...


15 posted on 08/24/2006 4:59:48 PM PDT by NordP (America: There are more Patriots than Punks!)
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To: Miss Marple

Who needs a terrorist when wen have people like Shays in our own party??


16 posted on 08/24/2006 5:08:13 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Sub-Driver
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17 posted on 08/24/2006 5:15:13 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: Pukin Dog

Is he losing? I didn't know that. Well, let him lose. I have no sympathy for him; besides always stabbing us in the back he is a whiner.


18 posted on 08/24/2006 5:18:13 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

One of the worst Republicans in the House.


19 posted on 08/24/2006 5:18:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: Sub-Driver

They would all eat crap if thats what it took to get elected.

Chris just took a large mouthful.

We in the real world dont have any inkling of the perks these guys enjoy.


20 posted on 08/24/2006 5:19:29 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: NordP

A queerier looking Larry David?


21 posted on 08/24/2006 5:20:26 PM PDT by toddlintown (IT)
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To: Sub-Driver

Traitors should be arrested and tried and sentenced to death if guilty. What the hell ever happened to real men?


22 posted on 08/24/2006 5:21:57 PM PDT by Doc Savage (Bueller?....Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?...Pelosi?...Pelosi?...Pelosi?...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Doesn't Chris Shays room with Ben and Jerry?

I could be mistaken, but...


23 posted on 08/24/2006 5:23:23 PM PDT by Prost1 ((We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!"))
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To: Sub-Driver

I don;t think that's it. It's more of the fact that, as bad as it sounds, this plays well in Connecticut.


24 posted on 08/24/2006 5:24:17 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Sub-Driver

Unfortunately up to 50 percent of America is harboring the same thoughts from anti war liberals to "its a hopeless mess" conservatives. Our country can never fight long wars before our MSM and leftwing undermind it. Ironicly the Red Chinese wrote a white paper in 1999 on the strengths and weaknesses of the US. They conclude that the US advantage in wealth and technology can be overcome if the war produces high casualties and drawn out to allow the institutional weaknesses (MSM) and political divisions (leftwing intellects and Dems) undermind the war effort. If we want to fight an Iraqi style war again, the leaders of our country must find a way to muzzle the media and the leftwing, otherwise we will lose because we only commit the army to war and not the country. Personally I am getting ready to enjoy my retirement, so I leave it to you younger freepers to figure how we can do that.


25 posted on 08/24/2006 5:30:56 PM PDT by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, he probably wet his finger and stuck it in the air.
26 posted on 08/24/2006 5:31:24 PM PDT by b4its2late (There are good terrorists - dead ones.)
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To: pissant

The RATS keep talking about an exit strategy and a replacement for Runsfeld.

Perhaps they can tell us who they would select as their Defense Secretary.


27 posted on 08/24/2006 5:31:55 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("If you liked what Liberal Leadership did for Israel, you'll LOVE what it can do for America!")
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To: Sub-Driver

If we pull out Saddam, will have his country back within matter of moths


28 posted on 08/24/2006 5:32:12 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade ("Saving the World, One Sucker at a Time.")
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To: Sub-Driver

When are we leaving Bosnia or Germany?? What a bunch of hypocrites.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


29 posted on 08/24/2006 5:33:05 PM PDT by bray (Koffi 4 Food has Failed.......Again)
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To: Sub-Driver

Backbone, Shays? Huh!


30 posted on 08/24/2006 6:18:49 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Expect the same from all Rinos in blue states. Shouldn't come as a shock
31 posted on 08/24/2006 6:20:18 PM PDT by slowhand520
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To: Sub-Driver
I cannot stomach Shays but the headline is a lot worse than his comments. We need a "sense" is very different than a timetable. Saying the troops can't stay there indefinitely is a stupid oversimplification. No one is expecting 130,000 troops to be needed once the Iraqi forces are fully stood up.

We still, however, have troops in Germany, Japan and South Korea. Iraq is a very strategic location in the Middle East. We may want a presence there until the Middle East ends its millenia of conflicts.

32 posted on 08/24/2006 6:27:51 PM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: Sub-Driver
"Shays also had sharp words for Rumsfeld...."

About the only thing about him that could be considered "sharp."
33 posted on 08/24/2006 6:32:58 PM PDT by decal (The Key To Flexibility is Indecision)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ironically, these stunts are also putting a timetable on RINO Shays' time in Congress.


34 posted on 08/24/2006 7:12:07 PM PDT by youthgonewild
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To: youthgonewild

Shays has already been there too long.


35 posted on 08/24/2006 7:13:37 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: Pukin Dog

This so called guy has a way too soft breathless voice for this woman. He even moves sllooooooooowwwwwwww.


36 posted on 08/24/2006 7:52:44 PM PDT by therut
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To: therut

Are you saying he walks with a lisp? ;)


37 posted on 08/24/2006 7:54:18 PM PDT by Uncle Vlad (You cannot protect the peoples' civil liberties if you refuse to protect the people.)
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To: Doohickey

Well he is from the same district that produced greats like Ned Lamont and Stewart McKinney. Don't expect much from a Southern Connecticut Republican.


38 posted on 08/25/2006 7:44:42 AM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
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To: Fee
"Personally I am getting ready to enjoy my retirement, so I leave it to...."

Good! You have more time now and less excuses to give this country your all. There is no retirement from patriotism that I'm aware of.

39 posted on 08/25/2006 1:17:44 PM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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To: Dilbert56
We need a "sense" is very different than a timetable

Sorry, here is a CNN interiew with Shays I just heard:

"I believe that the administration needs to set timelines on troop withdrawal..." Verbatim quote, I heard it myself. Buh Bye Chris.

40 posted on 08/25/2006 1:22:51 PM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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