May 6, 2007


Bush winning the political war (Joan Vennochi, May 6, 2007, Boston Globe)

PRESIDENT BUSH doesn't know how to win the ground war in Iraq. But he does know how to win the political war at home over Iraq.

All it takes is a simple message: A withdrawal date is a surrender date. If you tie war funding to a timetable for withdrawal, you betray the men and women who are fighting terrorism.

In Congress, it works like an evil charm.

The president delivered last week on his promise to veto a funding bill that set a pullout timeline. Democrats lacked the votes to override the veto. Now, they are talking about a new bill that might contain as yet undefined benchmarks for progress instead of specific timelines for withdrawal -- or perhaps no strings at all.'s still just the first 100 hours. Soon everything will be different....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 6, 2007 7:53 AM

Read somewhere else, dems are getting nervous, the leadership hasn't done anything - welcome to do-nothing congress II.

Except, they are slow-bleeding the military.

W needs to get out there and point out the timetable, we're looking at possibly getting funding in October.

He should make a joke no money for our fighting force, no pay for Congress.

Even better, no pay checks for me, Cheney, name other rich R congressmen until our people get their money, but our peanut farmers will have sheds.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 6, 2007 1:27 PM

Sandy - good point. Some have argued that fighting over the bill is the same as withholding funding and that soon the forces will have problems and their mission will be negatively affected which will prove the Dems's point.

Posted by: AWW at May 6, 2007 10:11 PM