Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Debating Iraq

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Is it really news that the Republicans in the Senate have voted to block debate on a resolution opposing Bush's surge? Okay, it's news -- but it's certainly not a surprise. Although they claim to seek compromise, the vast majority of Republicans, led by the hyper-partisan Mitch McConnell, have no interest in opposing Bush and every interest in opposing the Democrats.

Nice try at bipartisanship, Senator Warner, but your party will promote the McCain-Graham alternative, which is pro-Bush (that is, pro-surge with benchmarks for the Iraqis, which, when they're not met, which is inevitable, will provide Bush with the cover he needs to withdraw -- er, declare victory, blame the Iraqis, and run). It won't let the Democrats win and it won't even agree to a compromise that in any way compromises Bush.

That's just the way it is.

For more, see Talking Points Memo, The Left Coaster, and AMERICAblog.

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