Graphic from It's Only A Movie

In two separate votes this afternoon, the Senate declined to discuss any possible cutting and running from the three and a half year old Iraqi conflict.

The first proposal, from Senator Kerry and Senator Feingold, called for cutting and running to begin 'just as soon as possible' and for all troops to be gone by July 2007, 'except for the ones we leave behind'. That bill went down in a fiery 86-13 defeat, with a number of Democrats looking sheepishly down at their copies of the proposal while humming 'Tonight a DJ Saved My Life'.

The second proposal, brought forward by Senator Levin and Senator Reed, garnered considerably more support, being battered by a margin of only 60-39. The more moderate Levin-Reed bill suggested only that it would be nice to discuss cutting and running 'one of these days, and even then, we wouldn't be irresponsible enough to suggest that we know how much to cut or how hard to run'. Although that bill ceded 'full and absolute power for any final decisions to the president, if and when he decides to make them', it only secured one Republican vote, with six Democrat dissensions.

Senator Clinton called in to work sick today with 'a sour stomach', missing both votes.

Press Secretary Tony Snow, assuredly no fan of cutting nor running, returned to the topic again today when asked about polls which show that a strong majority of Americans now support cutting and running 'as long as they call it something else', said that history was on the Administration's side. "The president understands how a war can wear on a nation's patience. But he feels that if somebody had taken a poll after the Tet Offensive, I dare say people would have said, 'Wow, my goodness, what are we doing here?' And we would have left Vietnam in 1968, never to know the glorious victory that was ours just six short years later. You cannot conduct a war based on polls."

 

2006, Mark hoback