January 10, 2007


Top Qaeda suspect reportedly killed in U.S. airstrike (The Associated Press, January 9, 2007)

A senior al-Qaida suspect wanted for bombing U.S. embassies in East Africa has been killed, a Somali official said Wednesday as witnesses said U.S forces launched a third day of airstrikes.

Also Wednesday, Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister said American troops were needed on the ground to root extremists from his troubled country, and he expected the troops soon.

That seems unlikely, in any significant number, but it's worth noting that Congress couldn't stop the President from moving on to a whole new war.

The Surge Dirge: Congressional Democrats hate the surge. But they don't dare try to stop it. (John Dickerson, Jan. 9, 2007, Slate)

[T]he new Senate Democratic leaders took their place before the microphones just off the Senate floor to put forward their plan: a bipartisan, nonbinding bill called the Pale Action and Timid Gesture Resolution. That wasn't the real name, of course, but it is exactly what Kennedy insisted Congress should not do. Afterward, I asked Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois what had happened to his own suggestion that Congress limit the number of troops that could fight in Iraq as a way to stop the surge. "That's Senator Kennedy's bill," said the second-highest-ranking Democrat. Yes, but didn't you suggest that troops be limited, I asked? "That's Senator Kennedy's bill." You're on your own, Ted.

Senate Democratic leaders say they are merely being sensible. They don't want an effort to stop funding for the new strategy to be misinterpreted as a lack of support for American troops. In two days of reporting on the House and Senate side, it is clear that Democratic leaders are more worried about being tagged as anti-G.I. than being penalized by liberals for not doing all they can to end the war.

Democrats plan symbolic votes against Bush's Iraq plan (Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, January 10, 2007, International Herald Tribune)
U.S. Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President George W. Bush's plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.

That's a reasonable division of responsibilities: let the President govern the country while you do symbols.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2007 7:49 AM
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