Step back, think carefully


Joseph Lieberman — independent senator and Iraq war supporter — is probably not someone the Democrats feel like taking advice from. But in an op-ed piece this week, he urged his colleagues in Congress “to step back and think carefully about what to do next.”

The Democrats were elected on promises both implicit and explicit to get the United States out of Iraq, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows growing public support for that position. A majority, 53 percent, says the United States should set a deadline for withdrawal, and a slightly greater number, 56 percent, is opposed to President Bush’s surge of 21,500 more troops.

The new majority Democrats have been in a rush to demonstrate their opposition to the war in concrete ways. The House passed a nonbinding resolution opposing the surge, but Republicans blocked it in the Senate.

Now they are torn between two other ideas, both with significant drawbacks.

Senate Democrats are preparing to rewrite the 2002 resolution authorizing Bush to go to war. This one would limit our objectives in Iraq, thus narrowing the scope of the war, and call for withdrawal in any case by the end of March 2008.

Bush surely realizes that the surge and a highly respected new commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, are his last shot at salvaging the situation there. If this works — and we should know a lot sooner than 2008 if it does — then a deadline becomes an obstacle. If it doesn’t work, the deadline doesn’t matter because we’ll be leaving anyway.

Another proposal in the House — fortunately rapidly losing support — would attach all sorts of training and deployment requirements to the funding for the war, effectively tying up in red tape the administration’s ability to fight the war.

This is a backhanded, almost underhanded, way of trying to stop the war without leaving Democrats open to the charge of failing to fully support the troops already deployed. If Congress truly wanted to stop the war, it could do so tomorrow simply by using its constitutional power to cut off all funding for it.

As Lieberman said: Step back. Think carefully.


  1. Scrngr

    Good point, Achille Biagi.


    Now they place their trust in new command.


    What happened to the previous command that has apparently failed? Were they canned, shot, and/or hung (like many were during their command)? Not that I’ve noticed. Who bore the responsibility? Not the Commander in Chief, noooo…


  2. gene

    A bunch of second graders could run this country better. Tens of thousands of innocent lives and both the white house (house of idiots) and congress are to blame. Bushidiot is out of control and so is Mr. don’t give shit cheney. Lies to start this mess and probably nukes to end it. Or mabe someone improving on their bombing technique, as in (PLEASE!!!!) get the asshole next time.

  3. soldat


    Looking to the Democrats for salvation is about as effective as seeking it from the GOP – both are under the influence of the same foreign entity.

    *But we can’t speak about “that” on this website.*

    Wake up America, read George Washington’s farewell address, read Ike’s – then read the PNAC manifesto.

    Our problem is obvious…Joe Lieberman is just a manifestation of it.