Russ Feingold came out swinging tonight on Countdown. He was livid that nothing concrete is being done about the war in Iraq except for empty gestures and Republican filibustering. He says we need to speak out and contact our representatives.
Howie Klein was on a conference call with him:
What Russ said is needed now is a clear direction from Democrats so public pressure will build and effect change. "This is not a time to finesse the situation." And finessing the situation is exactly what he feels the Warner-Levin
bipartisan, nonbinding symbolic resolution is. "It's loaded with language that blocks-- or at least makes more difficult-- the logical next steps" as well as endorses escalation in al-Anbar Province. To Senator Feingold the Warner-Levin resolution "looks more like a reauthorization or more like the Gulf on Tonkin Resolution" than something he could support. "Let's support binding legislation to end the war.
He told us that too many of his colleagues are "afraid of criticism from the White House... They're trying to have it both ways... People who know better are trying to take the easy way out." He recalled that he had introduced legislation 2 years ago that called for a 15 month timeline for ending the way. It would have been over last year. "Now even Hillary Clinton is talking about a timeline." And now Senator Feingold has moved to the next step-- the Iraq Redeployment Act of 2007.