Mangling the Mandate: The Democrats’ Fraudulent Iraq Exit Plan
By KEVIN ZEESE
The Democrats took the majority of both the House and Senate on January 4th, 2007 since then 192 members of the Armed Services have died as have countless Iraqi civilians. With power comes responsibility, so voters should know that this is now the Democrats War and every death and casualty is their responsibility.
When they came to power their leadership said they would not use the “power of the purse” to end the war. But pressure from voters opposed to the Iraq quagmire has changed their tune. Last week an obviously frustrated Rep. David Obey told Marine Mom, Tina Richardsin a Capitol Hill hallway encounter that his appropriations bill would de-authorize the war.
I went to Capitol Hill as part of a support delegation for Tina Richards this Monday to return to Rep. Obey’s office to seek clarification of his hallway comments. There has been a lot of deal making by Congressional leaders to line up support for the Iraq War supplemental. They are adding billions in goodies for constituents, for Midwest farmers, avocado growers, communities that have lost bases, Katrina relief, Veterans and other goodies to gather votes.
The headline that the Democratic leadership would like voters to hear is “troops out of Iraq by August 2008.” But the headline is more a wolf in sheep’s clothing than a reality. After hearing details of the bill from Obey’s appropriations staff person the loopholes may define the law more than the headline.
For most in the peace movement an August 2008 deadline for withdrawal is already way too slow. Why the delay? On November 17, 2005 Rep. Jack Murtha called for redeployment within six months. Here we are sixteen months later and the Democratic leadership is talking about redeployment in seventeen months! Six months has turned into 33 months and in fact the August deadline is illusory. How many lives U.S. and Iraqi will have been lost in this quagmire over this time period?
But, that is not the worst of it. As Rep. Maxine Waters, the Chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus point out, a few weeks ago the Congress passed a non-binding resolution against the so-called “surge” but this appropriation will actually pay for the surge which has grown since their vote by more than 8,200 troops. Indeed, the Democrats are poised to give Bush up to $20 billion more than he asked for!
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