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NC's Coble suggests pullout in Iraq

The gnome-like Greensboro congressman once said about internment of the Japanese, “We were at war. They [Japanese-Americans] were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn’t safe for them to be on the street.â€?

Southern-fried wingnut Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) had enough of the debacle in Iraq, and wants to bring troops home. As you see in the above caption, he is often given to shooting his mouth off without thinking, but if this staunch conservative is publicly turning on Bush’s policy, Rove better shift into another spin gear. (Greensboro N&R;):

The 10-term congressman, head of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said he is “fed up with picking up the newspaper and reading that we’ve lost another five or 10 of our young men and women in Iraq.”

Coble said he has noticed a shift among his constituents in the 6th Congressional District regarding their feelings about the war. Letters, phone calls and messages that had been overwhelmingly supportive of the war are now about even, his office said.

“What we have are Iraqis killing Iraqis and American troops,” Coble said. “All I’m saying is that a troop withdrawal ought to be an option. It ought to be placed on the table for consideration.”

Coble said he is seriously considering raising the issue of a troop withdrawal with his subcommittee, although he acknowledged the panel might not be the forum for it. “I’m going to keep talking about this,” he said.

OK. That last sentence is a shot over the bow at the White House. We know Coble isn’t going to keep quiet on his own, so what will Shrub do to “correct” him? He goes on shoving the hot poker in the administration’s eye…

… Coble voted to grant Bush the sweeping war-making powers believing that the administration had a “post-invasion strategy.” Apparently, there was none, he said.

“If there was, I wish someone would tell me what it is or show it to me,” he said. “I’d like to see it.”

Coble said that if he had known there was no post-invasion strategy at the time of the vote on the war-powers resolution he would have “insisted that we keep our powder dry while we do some probing and planning.”

I’m no fan of his, but Howard better watch his back.

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