Jon Tester

Enough is Enough: Brief Impressions from the Tester Speech

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I am just back from a really encouraging
speech by Senator Tester about Iraq at the Capitol. Tester outlined
a three part plan to end the President's failed war in Iraq:

Support for the physical and mental health of our soldiers,
including support for Senator Webb's proposal to limit the amount
of time that soldiers can spend in combat without time down;

Renewed focus on Afghanistan and Al Qaeda;

Support for Senator Byrd's proposal to end the 2002 AUMF and to
start bringing American troops home by Oct 2007. Tester argued that
Bush, if stripped of the AUMF, would have to make the case to the
American public again if he intended to continue the war.

Overall, I was happy to see the direction of Tester's speech. It
was much closer to the rhetoric of last year, and offered specific
proposals to make change.

More thoughts later, once I get home. It was an action packed
event, with an appearance of Brian Schweitzer and his Entourage, a
representative of the Defeatacrat Brigade, and some colorfully
dressed war protesters.

More to come…


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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