Democrats plan all-nighter on Iraq

Republicans dismissed as political theater a Democratic plan for an all-night session of the Senate to debate President Bush’s military strategy in Iraq amid bipartisan proposals to redeploy U.S. troops.

The round-the-clock debate Tuesday night through Wednesday morning was intended as a way of pressuring Republican senators as well as Bush to act sooner rather than later on a change of course in Iraq.

“How many sleepless nights have our soldiers and their families had?” Sen. Dick Durbin, No. 2 in the Democratic leadership, said Monday.

Bush, meanwhile, paid a surprise visit to a gathering of GOP congressional staffers and White House aides trying to determine an effective strategy for communications about war policies. One participant said the president told the staffers he would not rethink his Iraq policies until after a critical military assessment in September.

Bush also said he had no confidence in the ability of international institutions — a reference to the United Nations — to salvage Iraq if the U.S. were to withdraw, according to the participant, who spoke anonymously because the meeting was intended to be private.

Also on Monday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, said the service chiefs were developing their own assessment of Iraq to present to Bush in September. Options include another troop buildup or maintaining current troop levels beyond September, Pace said.

Bush on Monday told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials that continued U.S. support depends on political progress in Baghdad, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.


  1. Carl Nemo

    What continues to stun me the most about America’s leaders in these challenging times is the lack of any discussion concerning fiscal discipline. George Bush, Dick Cheney and their apparatchik “republicrat” politburo have destroyed the United States of America financially speaking, also in many other ways too!

    We were broke when the Public Debt was simply 2 trillion, now it’s nominally 9 trillion with a projected 12 trillion by 2012. There’s also an ominous 40 trillion shortfall in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security looming on the horizon they say by 2050, but I’m sure they are lying and the bubble will surely burst long before that. The Mayan calendar ends in 2012 the same year the US has a projected Public Debt of 12 trillion. Many books have been written that it also the represents the end of an age similar to the Indian (Asia) concept of the Yuga and the Kali-Yuga cycle of the universe itself.

    To operate a nation as a debt-based society is criminal to say the least. It means we have no pride and enjoy being involved with counterfeiters, book-cookers and worse!

    The dollar is tanking against both major and minor currencies as I write this. Our phony butt stock market is the worst performing of world markets, worse yet it’s gains are being erroded by the devaluation of our currency big-time. So if the market hits 14,000 and the dollar loses half or more it’s value against all world currencies then it’s actually DOW 7,000 or less in terms of dollar-based market capitalizaton measured against offshore world markets and currencies.

    Ninety percent of everything we consume is imported at this time. Even domestic autos are filled with parts that are made offshore regardless of the fact they might be assembled in the U.S. or Canada. Our trade deficit is three-quarters of a trillion dollars and it’s quickly approaching one trillion per annum. We are a nation of ‘feedlot’ consumers, producing little to nothing in terms of consumer based exports. The main exports from the ports of Los Angeles and New York is scrap metal and cardboard. The exports that do make money are the weapons of war, and lining the pockets of war-based service industries like Halliburton, KBR, Bechtel, Blackwater Security (mercs) and thousands of other camp-following parasites that are making a fortune off this engineered debacle. In other words the bulk of the profits from our specialized national product is going into the pockets of the few at the expense of the many; i.e, “we the people”…!

    So in summation, yes the war is bad, the number of deaths for so little gained is horrific, but there’s a far greater casualty toll than the fallen in Iraq; ie., “we the people” are now lying face-down in the sands of history bleeding our national life’s blood into oblivion while the Bushistas and their ever-accommodating “politburo” say “aye” continually supporting their national treachery and veiled treason!

    Congress is filled with clowns; ie., 535 “tax and spend” clowns; deadly clowns indeed!

    I advise all citizen patriots to get motivated and to contact your intransigent House reps and Senators that are still supporting this 12 billion dollar per month, zero-sum nightmare in Iraq. I’m also going to supply a link to Two thirds of the way down their home page you can sign up for “Vote Monitor” service that will send timely emails showing you how your reps voted on key issues. You will not receive SPAM associated with your enrollment. I will send the link that I received today showing the vote map associated with House Roll Call 624 showing graphically what states are intransigent in supporting this war that was started based on “cooked intelligence” courtesy of the Wolfowitz-Feith-Cheney rogue intelligence pipeline. Maybe many of you within these states have no idea how your elected reps vote. If you want change then you need to get them motivated asap. Time is running out for America…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Steve Horn

    whoop-te-friggin-do –

    I understand that they may even try to pass BINDING legislation (which Bush will veto) – it’s just another bit of theater while in Iraq people continue to die.

  3. LurkingFromTheLeft

    Let’s hope they have…

    …put a podcast of this past Sunday’s Meet The Press on their phones and mp3 players –

    …something has to jump start these windbags to put up or shut up –


  4. ralphcat

    I’m looking forward to watching this evening.

    It may be theater; it may be calling the GOP’s bluff; it may be a chance to let the American people hear their senators say what they believe about our invasion of iraq.

    At any rate, it’s more honest than “Mission Accomplished” and “Looky, looky, my head is in line with George, Abe, Tom and Teddy on Mt Rushmore” and GWB’s many other photo ops.

    Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you through — Jiminy Cricket

  5. mojibyrd

    Prepare the hookers and Pizza

    Better get the hookers and pizza ready if congress is to pull and all nighter as they party more than the frat boys do at any local campus.

    Impeach Bush Now

  6. gene

    Oh gee…I’m so impressed. They (the dems) did an “all-nighter” to show how unhappy they are with Bushidiot and his gang of butt kissing lovers. “Woop-de-do”!!! and that surely will turn Bush around and certainly impress Cheney…I’m sure (laughing my ass off).

  7. gene

    Oh and one more thing…I just wonder if those boneheads in the above photo would be smiling so “gee we’re so proud of ourselves” if their asses were on the front line (in the heat…literally) in Iraq.

    These stupid dems have wasted to much time and NO!! I’m not a pukeface repub!!