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February 23, 2007

Democrats Set To Confront Bush Over Iraq War

by Doug Mataconis

Undetered by the failure of last week’s joint resolution to clear the Senate, the Democrats have come up with a new plan to engage the Bush Administration on the Iraq War, you might call it the “take-back” strategy:

Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq in favor of narrower authority that restricts the military’s role and begins withdrawals of combat troops.

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The new framework would set a goal for withdrawing combat brigades by March 31, 2008, the same timetable established by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Once the combat phase ends, troops would be restricted to assisting Iraqis with training, border security and counterterrorism.

This, not a pointless and toothless resolution that condemns the war, is exactly what is needed, a real debate over the question of whether American troops actually belong in Iraq and what “victory” in Iraq actually means. Hopefully, we’ll actually get it this time.

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2 Comments

  1. In addition, it also looks like we’re going to get a long awaited debate on Presidential War Powers. Revoking or modifying a use of force authorization is unprecidented.

    Comment by Kevin — February 23, 2007 @ 10:05 am
  2. I seriously doubt that anything resembling what you’re praying for is likely to materialize. The Senate “leadership” that is planning this beerfest is looking to embarass and destroy. That is, embarass Bush and destroy the country. If you imagine that the DNC’s Neo-Coms in the US House of Lords (or House of Representatives) are out to do anything “constructive” and “worthwhile”, as truly, American Democrats of ages past have done (that is “BMC” –before McGovern and the Chicago Convention Anti-War Riots) then your feet aren’t touching the ground dear friend, and your head is in the clouds. Remember the old battle cry of riots long ago: “Burn Baby! Burn!”? They live and breathe it! They’re out to burn every worthwhile law, convention, book and artifact of the American Democratic Republic to the ground. Their aim? A world socialist government where individual freedoms don’t mean squat. Yes! They’re dreamers! Yes! They’re more dangerous than all the Osama’s in the Muslim World. You see, they were born here (except Soros), they know the language (except Soros), they look just like you and me (except Soros), they’ve got lots of money, and they don’t believe in a hereafter; their eternal reqard is a bit of credit in a history book for an Earth shaking REVOLUTION. Please! Don’t hold out any hope. You’re just wasting your prayers!

    Comment by Rue-Mur — February 23, 2007 @ 10:40 am

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