Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally got the remaining Democrats who had refused to play ball to fall in line in order to pass the Democrats’ Slow Bleed and Surrender plan. She must have made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, a victory for Democrats in an epic war-powers struggle and Congress’ boldest challenge yet to the administration’s policy.
Ignoring a White House veto threat, lawmakers voted 218-212, mostly along party lines, for a binding war spending bill requiring that combat operations cease before September 2008, or earlier if the Iraqi government does not meet certain requirements. Democrats said it was time to heed the mandate of their election sweep last November, which gave them control of Congress.
Republicans were almost completely unified in their fight against the bill, which they said was tantamount to admitting failure in Iraq.
“The stakes in Iraq are too high and the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families too great to be content with anything but success,” said Republican Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Indeed. President Bush will veto this disgraceful bill, but the Democrats don’t care. They say they support our troops, but all they want is for them to retreat, humiliated and defeated. Why? Their goal is to make sure America loses every war it enters because, in losing every war, eventually, no American president will even bother to send our military into battle to begin with. At that point, our military will have been rendered impotent, and that’s their ultimate goal.
Charles Johnson remarks:
Al Qaeda is celebrating in their caves and huts (and Saudi palaces) today; all they have to do is hang on for another year and a half. That’s nothing, compared to 14 centuries of jihad.