January 9, 2007


Democrats Split Over Iraq Approach (JEFF ZELENY, 1/09/07, NY Times)

In the most aggressive of the new tactics, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, has said he will introduce legislation on Tuesday to require the president to gain new Congressional authority before sending more troops to Iraq. The bill is the first proposal in the Senate that would prohibit paying for an increase in American troops over their level on Jan. 1.

"Is there any American in this country who thinks the United States Senate would vote to support sending American troops into a civil war in Iraq today?" Mr. Kennedy said Monday in an interview. "Is there any American that believes this? I don't think so, but that is what's happening, and we have to do everything we can to insist on accountability."

The Kennedy plan is intended to provide Democrats with a road map for how to proceed in Iraq. Mr. Kennedy, as he begins his 45th year in the Senate, recalled that Congress interceded during conflicts in Vietnam and Lebanon, and he said Democrats should not hesitate to do so in Iraq.

How many millions more have to die to assuage the Senator's guilt over what his brothers did in Vietnam?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2007 7:51 AM
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