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Tuesday, March 27, 2007


How to tell if the Democrats are serious

Look, I know the "withdrawal" bills passed by the Democrats in the House and Senate are a bit of a joke. They rely on George Bush "certifying" certain things, which is more than a bit of a joke, they don't take effect for a long time, they only call for withdrawing "combat" troops (and remember, bombing from the air is called "support" by the military), and so on. But as limited as the bills are, the talk is that Bush will issue a veto. Fine. If the Democrats are really serious about their quasi-partial-delayed withdrawal, they have a very simple answer to the veto - just pass the bills again! They may not have the desire to actually end the war by cutting off all funds, but surely since they are required to vote funds, they can make sure that they continue to do so with their limited provisos attached and force Bush to accept them if he wants to continue the war.

That's if they were serious. But the strange thing is, I have not heard a single person, politician or pundit, even mention this option.

We'll see what develops. Needless to say, I don't anticipate any variation that will actually involve ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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