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Senate Republicans advance anti-war bill

February 27, 2008

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— In an about-face, Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed with Democrats to advance an anti-war bill because they said the debate would give them time to hail progress in Iraq.

The change of heart came after months of blocking similar measures. But unlike most of last year, security conditions in Iraq have improved, and Republicans say they now feel they have the upper hand on the debate.

"We welcome a discussion about Iraq," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declared.

The measure, by Democratic Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, would cut off money for combat after 120 days. It had been expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle and move ahead.

But after Republicans agreed in a private meeting that the debate could help make their case, the Senate voted 70-24 to begin debating it in earnest.

Aides said a final vote could come later this week, but may be pushed into next week.

The White House said the president would veto such a measure.

Comments

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

Reckless republicans are trying to look good after they blown the economy with their $3 Trillion war for oil and are bringing us $4.00 per gallon gasoline: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/27/national/main3881968.shtml?source=mostpop_story

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

" In an about-face, Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed with Democrats to advance an anti-war bill because they said the debate would give them time to hail progress in Iraq."

After spending five years completely destroying Iraq, anything the Republicans might point to can be described as "progress." But I guess that does give them a break from their relentless fear- and warmongering.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

Maybe if you should have spent more time watching Mr. Rogers and less time experimenting on the neighborhood cats, PA.

scott3460 6 years, 10 months ago

"In an about-face, Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed with Democrats to advance an anti-war bill because they said the debate would give them time to hail progress in Iraq."

That will certainly be an interesting debate. Wonder what they will point to? What, of any lasting value or merit, has the troop escalation accomplished? A reduction in the rate of death and maiming of American soldiers? Seriously, just what is it they plan to hail?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

"What, of any lasting value or merit, has the troop escalation accomplished?"

The surge accomplished very little, actually. The "improvement" the BushCo sycophants like to point to is a result of the completion of the ethnic cleansing that was set in motion by the the invasion, the ceasefire by the largest Shiite militia (because it allows them to consolidate their own power) and the bribing by the Americans of thousands of the former Sunni insurgents. But the country remains a humanitarian nightmare, with nearly 20% of the prewar population either dead or displaced from their homes. There is no functioning government or economy, and no real prospects for improvement, particularly as long as BushCo remains in power.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

I believe the irresponsible republicans want to distract taxpayers from some of the more pressing issues: More Criminal Activity at the South Border revealed today: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/2/27/holes_in_the_wall_texas_border

Reckless republicans are trying to look good after they blown the economy with their $3 Trillion war for oil and are bringing us $4.00 per gallon gasoline: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/27/national/main3881968.shtml?source=mostpop_story http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article3419840.ece http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/43045/ http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0222-21.htm http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/20/did_bush_cut_secret_oil_deal

When our politicians talk about 140,000 troops that is not exactly pulling out. Not only that they always forget to remind us of the thousands of special forces, thousands of hired mercenaries such as Blackwater Inc and then the best of all our boys from the CIA probably a few thousand as well.

The four military bases to staff and pay for. Oh how can we forget about the 600 room luxury billion dollar American Embassy in the Green Zone. The embassy will need so many things such as life guards for the pool, weight room staff and all the wonderful choices for eating out. The Green Zone may well be the PNAC Luxury Resort. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1665.htm

pisafromthewest 6 years, 10 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says:

"once we have a decent president and get out of Iraq, the whole area and all the oil prices will settle down."

On which planet?

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