June 16, 2006


Congress Erupts in Partisan Fight Over Iraq War (ROBIN TONER and KATE ZERNIKE, 6/16/06, NY Times)

The House and the Senate engaged in angry, intensely partisan debate on Thursday over the war in Iraq, as Republicans sought to rally support for the Bush administration's policies and exploit Democratic divisions in an election year shadowed by unease over the war.

It was one of the sharpest legislative clashes yet over the three-year-old conflict, and it came after three days in which President Bush and his aides had sought to portray Iraq as moving gradually toward a stable, functioning democracy, and to portray Democrats as lacking the will to see the conflict through to victory.

Tough for Democrats to argue that they want America to win in Iraq at the same time they're generating headlines about their partisan fight against the war.

Divided House rejects Iraq pullout date: 42 Democrats break ranks and join majority (AP, 6/16/06)

The House on Friday handily rejected a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, culminating a fiercely partisan debate between Republicans and Democrats feeling the public's apprehension about war and the onrushing midterm campaign season.

In a 256-153 vote that mirrored the position taken by the Senate earlier, the GOP-led House approved a nonbinding resolution that praises U.S. troops, labels the Iraq war part of the larger global fight against terrorism and says an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of troops is not in the national interest. [...]

"Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President. It's time to face the facts," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California answered, as she called for a new direction in the conflict. "The war in Iraq has been a mistake. I say, a grotesque mistake."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2006 9:47 AM

93-6 is partisan?????

Only words.

Who's missing?

Posted by: Sandy P at June 16, 2006 10:39 AM

to portray Democrats as lacking the will to see the conflict through to victory.

Is that not the case? What's their response: "We do too have the will to see things through to victory, but we just don't think that's a good idea"?

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 16, 2006 1:56 PM

Didn't Pelosi say just a few weeks ago that the Democrats were tough enough to kill the enemies of America?

Apparently she hit the wrong button this morning.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 16, 2006 4:35 PM