Smilin' Norm Coleman took a bold, unexpected position today. After announcing that he understood that the people of Minnesota wanted to bring U.S. troops home, Smilin' Norm said he doesn't listen to the little people. Instead, he listens to Henry Kissinger.
Listen to Coleman's comments here.
(3:05)If I took a poll in Minnesota right now, the majority of folks in my state would say get out of Iraq right away. I know that doing that would be a disaster. ... And it's not me knowing that, it's our ambassador [Ryan] Crocker says it, Henry Kissinger says it, so I'm not going to support that.
In other words, Norm Coleman believes what bought and paid for administration officials say, no questions asked and Minnesotans be damned.
Also at this audio report, you can hear Coleman say that there can be no firm deadlines for Iraq, then talks about significant troop draw downs in 2008. Considering that 2008 ends on December 31, 2008, it sounds to me that Coleman is setting a Dec. 31, 2008 deadline for bringing troops home. Coleman goes on to say that he will be proved right by the November election, which sounds like yet another deadline to my ears.
Finally, it's interesting that MPR finds a "centrist" and someone who will vote for Coleman "no matter what" to comment on the story. With a growing majority of Minnesotans opposed to Coleman's war in Iraq, you'd think MPR could have found 1 strong voice against this misguided war.
Here is another very interesting post about Sen. Coleman
In late March of this year, just three weeks after filing legislation that would largely kill a government program established just 10 years ago to help the Department of Defense reduce waste in its mammoth travel expenditures, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota, received $8,200 in campaign contributions from the Minnesota power couple that includes the CEO of Carson Wagonlit Travel, one of America's largest travel corporations.
If passed, Coleman's legislation would make an additional $5 billion worth of government travel spending potentially available to Carson Wagonlit, which is part of The Carlson Cos., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Coleman's home state...
Details, documents and links at ElephantBiz.com:
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