Another day, another defeat for Harry Reid and the Defeat Caucus, reports Anne Flaherty for the Associated Press:
The Senate rejected legislation Friday that would have ordered most U.S. troops home from Iraq in nine months, culminating a losing week for Democrats who failed to push through any anti-war proposal.
The vote, 47-47, fell 13 votes short of the 60 needed to pass.
Read the whole story at the link above. Only one day after the Webb Amendment (which would have forced withdrawal through the back door by limiting combat tours) failed, another attempt to force retreat and surrender in Iraq is defeated.
Baloney, really. All this amounts to is Kabuki theatre, played out in an elaborate production to pacify the far-left constituencies of the Democratic Party who have demanded their congressional majorities end the war. Naturally, the Democrats could do this very easily by cutting off the funding.
If they did that, though, they would own the consequences. Even those Democrats who have opposed the war from the beginning understand that a precipitous withdrawal would lead to immediate disaster on the ground. So they seek to diddle at the periphery of policy, attempting to appease the rabid anti-American interest groups with avoiding taking any responsibility for surrender.
Another day, another bill, another Danse Macabre, another attempt to look frustrated enough on camera to satisfy MoveOn.org and Code Pink that they “really, really tried.”
It’s ugly to watch unfold, but perfidy is never pretty, is it?