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March 23, 2007

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This is going to be a great issue to talk about during the elections. Here in Michigan, 60% of our Congresspeople voted to continue the war while 60% of our residents want to withdraw.

Exactly the point, Nirmal.

Like other MoveOn.org members, I voted to support Pelosi, who is my U.S. Representative. I knew that a failure of the bill would have harmed her leadership and the Democrats.

The Democrats have wounded the president. I hope is the coup de grace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup_de_grace

news sample:

House OKs troop pullout bill
Senate to vote on own version; Bush threatens veto

March 24, 2007
BY ANNE FLAHERTY
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Friday for the first time to clamp a cutoff deadline on the Iraq war, agreeing by a thin margin to pull combat troops out by next year and pushing the new Democratic-led Congress closer to a showdown with President Bush.

The 218-212 vote, mostly along party lines, was a hard-fought victory for Democrats, who faced divisions within their ranks on the rancorous issue. Passage marked their most brazen challenge yet to Bush on a war that has killed more than 3,200 troops and lost favor with the American public.

"Today's historic vote marked the beginning of the end of the war in Iraq," Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a leader on the issue, said in a statement. "This bill forces the president to meet his own benchmarks and to put an end to the bloodshed in Iraq."

Since normal voters don't actually follow the ins and outs of Congressional votes, Dems will get credit for "trying" to end the war, while a Senate "compromise" will end the possibility of any actual, teeth carrying action to bring an end. This is good politics for the Dems in 2008 and lousy for U.S. soldiers and anyone who gives a damn about the international moral standing of this country.

About par for the course.

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