As Iraq war of words heats up, Feingold calls senior Senate Democrat 'flip-flopper'
Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) will call Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) a "flip-flopper" on Thursday's Ed Schultz Show, RAW STORY has learned.
A source close to the show says it's the harshest language he's heard Feingold level to date against the senior Democratic senator from Michigan. The interview will air at 12:30 p.m. on Schultz's show.
Early this morning, Feingold also shot a salvo across the bow of Levin and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) who proposed in a Washington Post opinion piece today a second withdrawal proposal.
"Sen. Reed and I will introduce this plan again as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill," Levin wrote in the Post editorial. "As previous efforts did, this amendment will require a reduction to begin within 120 days, but this amendment will also provide that all troops be out of Iraq by April 1, 2008, except for the forces needed for specified, limited missions to which they would transition."
Feingold fired back.
“I’m pleased that Senator Levin and Senator Jack Reed have finally come to the conclusion that a timetable for redeployment with a hard deadline is what we need to safely redeploy our troops from Iraq,” Feingold said this morning in a release.
“But I’m disappointed that Senator Levin chose to announce his shift by disingenuously suggesting that the Feingold-Reid plan would somehow cut funding for troops in harm’s way," he added. "Senator Levin knows full well that the plan I introduced with Majority Leader Harry Reid, and which was supported by a majority of Senate Democrats, would end funding for the war in Iraq only after our brave troops have been safely redeployed out of Iraq. It is time for Senator Levin and Senator Jack Reed to drop their opposition to the Feingold-Reid plan to safely redeploy our troops by March 31, 2008, and then end funding for the mistake in Iraq.”