Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan M. Collins today proposed creating a new kind of Senate group to deliberate over Iraq policy, a group that would bring together top Senate leaders behind closed doors to debate and perhaps reshape U. S. strategy.
"The current strategy in Iraq has failed to achieve the goal of a peaceful, stable Iraq," said Collins, R-Maine.
...Lieberman and Collins will next month introduce legislation to create the Senate Consultative Group. It would include the top Democratic and Republican members of five key committees: Appropriations, Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Homeland Security and Intelligence. (Lightman)
I am interested to see what Sen. Lieberman and others will come up with, but I have to think that he, like Bush, could potentially be a roadblock to a phased withdrawal or any sort of timeline for exit.
I'm not actually sure how much credibility Lieberman really has on Iraq anyway. He could serve as a bridge between hawks and those favoring withdrawal if he were willing to moderate his own hawkish stance. We may hear ideas like diplomatic engagement (on strict terms) or an increase in the number of troops from him.
Or we may hear nothing at all. This could just be more posturing. I can't really tell with Lieberman anymore. It could be a serious attempt to create workable policies, or something to add to his resume for 2008.
Lightman, David. "Lieberman, Collins Propose Iraq Strategy Group." Hartford Courant 8 December, 2006.