Cornyn Embraces Bush’s Plan For Iraq, Earlier Criticized Warner’s Same Proposal As ‘Curious’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has released a statement praising President Bush’s speech on Iraq last night, saying he is “pleased” that “troops will come home before the year’s end”:

Our commanding officer in Iraq, General Petraeus, came before the Congress this week and made clear that the surge is working; military progress is being made to the extent that some troop withdrawals can begin in the months ahead. I’m pleased that President Bush is listening to his commanders on the ground and with his announcement this evening that some troops will come home before the year’s end.

Yet last month, Cornyn was adamantly opposed to this drawdown. On Aug. 23, Sen. John Warner (R-VA) called on Bush to announce on Sept. 15 that approximately 5,000 troops “could begin to redeploy and be home to their families and loved ones no later than Christmas of this year.” Cornyn immediately put out a statement blasting Warner’s proposal:

It’s a little curious to me that people are proposing a change in strategy when in fact the current strategy appears now to be working.

Bush’s announcement last night mirrors Warner’s proposal. Yet all of a sudden — just a couple of weeks later — Cornyn thinks it’s a great idea to “change” strategy even while he still believes the current strategy is working.


Cornyn’s hypocrisy resembles that of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who called Bush’s Iraq announcement “wise,” after criticizing Warner’s plan as “irresponsible.”