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Democrat Legislation Aims To Stop The War

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It’s going to be a standoff no doubt…

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that they are introducing legislation that will effectively end the current military mission in Iraq and begin the redeployment of U.S. forces. The bill requires the President to begin safely redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment, as required by the emergency supplemental spending bill the Senate passed last week. The bill ends funding for the war, with three narrow exceptions, effective March 31, 2008.

Here’s a perspective from QandO:

Having apparently rejected the lesson supposedly learned in the Balkans, Harry Reid is now content to abandon Iraq on an arbitrary timeline, and do exactly what he said wasn’t a very wise thing to do – empower those who don’t want us in Iraq. If he introduces this legislation, he will , metaphorically at least, spit in the eye of every soldier, sailor, marine and airman who’ve fought and died to make Iraq a success and leave it, eventually, as a peaceful nation. A proud moment to be a Democrat, I’ll tell you.

Well, that’s one way of putting it. Another way of putting it is Democrats, along with a majority of the American public, want to spit in their eyes…

A solid majority of Americans say they want their congressional representative to support a bill calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August 2008. Nearly six-in-ten (59%) say they would like to see their representative vote for such legislation, compared with just 33% who want their representative to oppose it.

What this legislation aims to do is set a timetable…something we ALL know is inevitable at this point. This war is expensive, the killings are not going down (they’ve only moved from Baghdad to other areas) and the Iraqi politicians are not capitalizing on the small bit of relief we appear to be giving Baghdad. It’s time for it to end.

Maybe this legislation will be needed, and maybe it won’t. All depends on if Bush vetoes the current legislation…and that’s pretty much certain. But there has to be some sort of threat from the Dems, because we all know damn well that Bush will never propose a pull out unless he’s forced to do so.

I guess we’ll see.