July 17, 2007

Sorry, I'm having some connectivity issues, otherwise I'd have gotten this up sooner...


Senate Republicans scuttled a Democratic proposal ordering troop withdrawals from Iraq in a showdown Wednesday that capped an all-night debate on the war.

The 52-47 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate under Senate rules. It was a sound defeat for Democrats who say the U.S. military campaign, in its fifth year and requiring 158,000 troops, cannot tame the sectarian violence in Iraq.[..]

As members cast their votes, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hurried between private meetings with lawmakers in their Capitol Hill offices to make the administration's case for the war.

On a trip to Afghanistan, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace said the U.S. "can do whatever it is we want to do to have a dialogue about how to fight this enemy. But the bottom line is that as long as our enemy is sworn to destroy our way of life, we are going to be in a war."

It's disappointing to say the least...however, now we have these Republicans (and honorary Republicans, like Joe Lieberman) on record.  I'd suggest contacting them to ask them how they feel about not representing their constituency. Update: "Don’t miss Harold Meyerson’s take on the WINOs this morning.  Priceless."

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