Monday, February 05, 2007

Iraq in the Senate

The Senate Democrats' courageous effort to enact a non-binding resolution opposing Bush's plans to escalate his Iraq blunder apparently failed.

Lets see, the American public, by all accounts, swept the Republicans out of power because of their disgust with the Republican's war. So Bush, taking his cue from Sen. McCain, actually sends more troops to die for no good reason. And the Democrats can't even muster up the gumption to do everything in their power to get us out of this mess. Even though it would be smart politics and clearly in the best interests of our nation.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even I agree with most of the points made by people "against the war" and believe we made a huge mistake going to Iraq in the first place....

I do not see an easy way out of Iraq. If we simply pull out our troops.. Iraq will be a powder-keg for decades to come...We created the mess.. seems that we must stay to fix the problems if they can be fixed. I am not sure that they can be fixed..

Anonymous said...

So, what's the best course of action for extrication?

Byron said...

What the Republicans did yesterday was truly shameful. These people have complained and moaned for years about how Democrats have "abused" the filibuster, and within 1 month of becoming the minority party, they apparently don't think its such a bad thing after all. Democrats filibustered extreme, lifetime judicial appointees... Republicans are filibustering debate on Iraq, the biggest issue for Americans today. Republicans lost control of Congress and I believe will lose more seats in 2008 and the presidency because of how far out of step they are with the American public on Iraq.

I like that the Republican leadership says "Oh, we don't want to stop debate, just make sure we hear all of the proposals." Gee, that's funny, did you read the headlines today Mitch? They're trying to avoid an embarassment for President Bush, and in so doing continue to ignore what the people want. We don't want Republicans in Congress to use parliamentary tricks to delay debate over our nation's war. Republicans have shot themselves in the foot. When the American public is screaming for the Congress to take Bush head on over Iraq (because he seems to be completely unresponsive to public opinion), all the Republicans can do is feebly attempt to delay debate and protect our non-president. Truly sad.

Steve Fine said...

I agree that leaving Iraq won't be easy or simple. But it needs to be done and it's what most Iraqis want. I'll be writing more on exactly that subject.