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Dems Cut And Run From Plans To Cut And Run

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:


Democratic Leaders Revamp Anti-War Plan

Wednesday February 28, 2007


WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are developing an anti-war proposal that wouldn’t cut off money for U.S. troops in Iraq but would require President Bush to acknowledge problems with an overburdened military.

The plan could draw bipartisan support but is expected to be a tough sell to members who say they don’t think it goes far enough to assuage voters angered by the four-year conflict.

Bush “hasn’t to date done anything we’ve asked him to do, so why we would think he would do anything in the future is beyond me,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., one of a group of liberal Democrats pushing for an immediate end to the war.

Democratic protests to the war grew louder in January after they took control of Congress and Bush announced he planned to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. Earlier this month, House Democrats pushed through a nonbinding resolution opposing the buildup.

Since then, Democrats have been trying to decide what to do next. Some worried that a plan by Rep. John Murtha to restrict funding for the war would go too far. Murtha, D-Pa., is extending his support to the revised proposal.

The tactic is more likely to embarrass Bush politically than force his hand on the war. He would have to sign repeated waivers for units and report to Congress those units with equipment shortfalls and other problems.

In the Senate, a group of senior Democrats wants to repeal the 2002 measure authorizing the war and write a new resolution restricting the mission and ordering troop withdrawals to begin by this summer. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Iraq would have to wait until the Senate finishes work to improve homeland security.

“That would mean we would hold off the Iraq legislation for a matter of days, not weeks,” he said.

The House Democratic proposal brought a sharp response from Republicans today.

Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., called the plan a “fig leaf” to distract the public from what he said was Democrats’ ultimate goal of cutting off funds for troops in combat.

“We support full funding for our troops who are in harms way — without strings attached,” said Putnam, R-Fla., after emerging from a closed-door conference meeting…

There will be some heads exploding in Mother Sheehan-land tonight.

Perhaps out Solons in the Congress discovered that the “slow bleed” strategy wasn’t as popular with the citizenry as they had imagined.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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