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Sweet column: Senate all-nighter on Iraq withdrawl bill made sense.

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The Senate Democratic leaders’ pajama-party strategy made sense, even if it did not result in the Levin-Reed amendment to draw down troops in Iraq — to be attached to the defense authorization bill — going anywhere.

By rolling in the cots, the Dem leaders provided a dramatic example to the impatient and vocal anti-war base that they were doing all they can to end the war in a legislative environment where supermajorities are needed to get anything done on contentious issues.

Even though the entire matter of sending more soldiers to Iraq comes up again in September, the activists — who expected change once the Democrats were in charge — don’t sit patiently for lessons on how the legislative process in Washington really works. It’s a hard message to send down the line that the Dems control the Senate but are not really in control on the big ones.

Besides some loss of sleep, Democratic leaders have a majority Senate vote to show to MoveOn.org and their allies on Levin-Reed, legislation imposing deadlines for soldiers leaving Iraq. In connection with the all-nighter, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq said in a memo that Moveon.org and the Iraq Summer Campaign held a combined 155 “change the course” events across the nation.

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5 Comments

"By rolling in the cots, the Dem leaders provided a dramatic example to the impatient and vocal anti-war base that they were doing all they can to end the war in a legislative environment where supermajorities are needed to get anything done on contentious issues."

LS,

Yes.
Exactly.
Bravo.

-- SCAM

$340 billion [Borgen Project] has been spent on the Iraq war. But more than that, soldier's lives and much of the U.S's resources have been used up on this war as well. It is only fitting that the Senate experience the inconvenience of the war first-hand.

At least they're doing something. When I saw the PR clip with the carton full of pizza boxes it became obvious that this was mostly a PR stunt. Do any of these Senators really eat pizza on a regular basis. What would their cardiologists say?

Great they are talking about pulling out. I just hope they have a good plan for how to do it. If we just up and leave in a rush then Iraq will become a terrorist state and we will just end up back over there.


Mike

Ill-fated decision to go into Iraq. It is a country without a national identity. It is sectarian, tribal, and has a very low literacy rate. We have found out the reason that Bush 41 and General Powell did not pursue Saddam into Baghdad. Pandora's box has been opened in regard to the fate of Iraq if we pull out too quickly. As Mike said above, it WILL become either a Shia totalitarian state with Sunni insurgencies or the Turks and the Iranians will invade the Northern part of the country to stop the Kurdish rebels. The Democrats are just grandstanding. They truly do not have a clue of how to handle the situation. The Republicans could probably come closer to a satisfactory conclusion if Dubya would stay out of it and just stay in Crawford.

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