The war funding bill passed by the House was shot down by the Senate, but against the White House through attrition (my emphasis):
Nearly a year after anti-war voters put them in power, congressional Democrats remain unable to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq.
Frustrated by Republican roadblocks, Democrats now plan to sit on President Bush’s $196 billion request for war spending until next year — pushing the Pentagon toward an accounting nightmare and deepening their conflict with the White House on the war.
“We’re going to continue to do the right thing for the American people by having limited accountability for the president and not a blank check,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
As the situation on the ground in Iraq continues to brighten, and a light begins to appear at the end of the war tunnel, is it the brightest thing in the world to starve the military at this juncture? Anti-war Democrats constantly harp on how Pres. Bush has “broken” the military. Do they feel any responsibility when they pull purely political stunts like this? I’m guessing not.
Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a $50 billion bill by Democrats that would have paid for several months of combat but also would have ordered troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin within 30 days. The measure, narrowly passed this week by the House, also would have set a goal of ending combat in December 2008.
The 53-45 vote was seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance. It came minutes after the Senate rejected a Republican proposal to pay for the Iraq war with no strings attached.
These sorts of games hurt not just the war effort, but also the ever-shrinking confidence in our federal legislators. The entire funding process is nothing more than gamesmanship and pocket-lining. Meanwhile, our folks in uniform and the common Iraqi citizen are being made to suffer, all so some incumbents can strengthen their grips on power, which is then used to enrich themselves and their friends.
What’s worse is the persistent efforts being made by the likes of Reid to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A year ago, well prior to Petraeus’ confirmation and the beginning of the surge, Reid’s crusade to indirectly hamstring our military and the Bush Administration (because he doesn’t have the fortitude to do anything as direct as floating a bill to cut off funds altogether) might have made sense. Certainly the voters would have been more sympathetic.
Now that violence has dropped precipitously, former insurgency and al Qaeda supporters are working with the MNF and Iraqi forces, and the Iraqi army has taken the security lead in most of the country (including in Baghdad), the Reid Democrats appear to be interested in one thing and one thing only — a U.S. defeat. Perhaps that can be successfully rephrased as simply wanting failure for Bush’s Iraq policies, but the reality is that Reid’s means of accomplishing the task is to cause the U.S. to leave Iraq in a shambles, thus allowing a safer place for Islamic terrorists and Iranian militants to operate.
How does that help America? How does that make us safer? How on earth can anything about Reid’s plan be considered honorable?
It doesn’t, we’re not, and it can’t.
UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has a roundup of the Democrat game-playing.
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