Pelosi, Reid Urge Bush To Begin Iraq PulloutAlright now! That's what I've been waiting to hear from this new crew. A firm "I don't think so, Mr President."
President Considering Three 'Surge' Options
By Peter Baker and Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, January 6, 2007; Page A01
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid declared yesterday that "it is time to bring the war to a close" and warned President Bush that sending more U.S. troops to Iraq would be unacceptable to the Democratic majorities that have just taken over Congress.
Directly challenging Bush's wartime leadership on their second day in charge on Capitol Hill, Democrats Pelosi (Calif.) and Reid (Nev.) sent Bush a letter suggesting that, instead of starting a short-term escalation, he begin a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces in the next four to six months. The mission of remaining troops, they said, should be shifted away from combat toward more training, logistics and counterterrorism.
You Go, Dems!
Hhmmm... So why do I keep hearing an oddly popular Larry David admonition in my head while reading about this new Congress' return to metaphorically vertebrate status?
... At the same time, Pelosi and Reid have eschewed using the main legislative mechanism to change policy, namely cutting off funding for the war.Oh. Right.
"Surging forces is a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed," Pelosi and Reid wrote. "Like many current and former military leaders, we believe that trying again would be a serious mistake. . . . Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain."
By releasing the sternly worded letter, Democratic leaders hoped to jump ahead of Bush and set the agenda for the weekend talk shows. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said the party wants to address even the terminology of the White House plan, defining it not as a "surge" but as an "escalation." "People are going to know [the president] has a very critical audience in the Democratic Congress on this proposal," he said.
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None the less, clarifying teh Googler's newspeak and putting the message out there in time for the talking heads of the MSM to discuss (and no doubt poopoo) it this weekend seems to me a substantial indication that they are serious about taking the Chimp in Chief to task.
Sadly but so and true, I've learned to take 'em when I can get 'em in regards to political integrity.
Here's hoping that this is just the start and that, when the political storm winds start a'blowing furiously, Pelosi, Reid and company will have the courage and convictions to batten down the hatches and defend the Constitution as the previous 2 or 3 iterations of my nation's Congress did so miserably and catastrophically fail to do.