A change of course in Iraq? Maybe, in a while

Twenty-seven U.S. soldiers have died this week. John Warner says it may be time to try something different -- in a couple of months.

Published October 6, 2006 12:56PM (EDT)

We hear that there are some elections coming in November. Virginia Sen. John Warner has apparently heard that too. Twenty-seven U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq so far this week, and Warner says it may be time for a change in U.S. policies there.

Well, almost.

As the New York Times reports this morning, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is warning that Iraq is "drifting sideways" and that the United States may need to consider a "change of course."

Now? No. Warner says the U.S. may need to start thinking about Plan B in Iraq, but he isn't about to suggest that such thinking -- or the admissions of failure that would necessarily be a part of it -- occur before Nov. 7. "In two or three months, if this thing hasnt come to fruition and this level of violence is not under control, I think its a responsibility of our government to determine: Is there a change of course we should take?" Warner says.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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