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Are the troops one step closer to home?

March 23, 2007

The Dems did it – they pushed through a vote, 218-212, to pull our troops out of Iraq by next September. As for how this will go, we’re yet to see – President Bush has vowed to veto if it reaches his desk. Still, I agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she walked out of the meeting with House Democrats this morning before the vote and said, “It’s historic,” Ms. Pelosi said. “For our party and our country.”

US out of IraqWhile they met prior to the vote there were bursts of applause, to which Representative David Obey said, “I don’t want your applause, I want your goddamn vote!” I just love that. Must have been quite a meeting.

It’s definitely not over yet though:

The decision triggered a swift response from Mr Bush who warned its only consequence would be to “delay vital resources for our troops” and “score political points” for the Democratic majority in Congress. This sets the stall for a constitutional show-down between Congress and the White House which could possibly see funds for the war drying up.

Mr Bush has, in any case, vowed to veto the Bill if it reaches his desk. Today, he was grim-faced as he appeared alongside servicemen and their families at the White House to say the measure has “no chance of becoming law”.

He said: “The Democratic majority in the House, in an act of political theatre, voted to substitute their judgement for that of our military commanders in Iraq.” The measure, he added threatened “to undermine the progress our troops are making on the ground” with the surge of up to 30,000 more soldiers.

That’s certainly one way of looking at it – and to date there isn’t a lot of evidence to support that.  To me, it’s patently clear that a pullout has to be forced. Seems the key to all of this is summed up by Pelosi, “The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of this war. The American people see the reality of the war, the President does not.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2007 1:58 pm

    But they can’t force it since they can’t get the 2/3s vote needed to overide a presidential veto. So I don’t see this as anything other than symbolic.

  2. girl permalink*
    March 23, 2007 2:04 pm

    I know this, and it certainly is symbolic more than anything. I’m still happier than I was yesterday about the situation.

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