GOP war support showing cracks

Sept. 11, 2005 at 10:47 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Staunch supporters of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq have become more vocal with their concern over the way things are going.

Andrew Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran and professor of international relations at Boston University, said he sees a marked shift.

"There are people who view themselves on the right, who were enthusiastic supporters of the war, who are now greatly concerned that the Bush administration or more in particular, the military, is losing its focus, its heart, and isn't fully committed," he told Fox News.

President Bush has said repeatedly there will be no exit timetable, but some of his supporters are saying the White House needs to be clearer about its strategy.

Peter Beinart, editor of The New Republic, said Republicans have become more vocal about needing clarification on the war strategy and a better explanation to the American public.

But Republican pollster David Winston cautioned against interpreting concern over war strategy as skittishness from the President's base and a lack of support for war overall.

"There is still support for this war," Winston said.

What people are looking for from the president, he said, are more specifics and measures for success.

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