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Profiles in cowardice

By Michael J. Smith on Friday March 23, 2007 12:14 PM

From the Comment Seems Superfluous department:

Liberals Relent on Iraq War Funding

Liberal opposition to a $124 billion war spending bill broke last night, when leaders of the antiwar Out of Iraq Caucus pledged to Democratic leaders that they will not block the measure....

House liberals have been the main obstacle to leadership efforts to put a timeline on the withdrawal of U.S. forces. They have complained that the proposal would not bring troops home fast enough. Their opposition has riven the antiwar movement, split the Democratic base and been the main stumbling block to the legislation....

As debate began on the bill yesterday, members of the antiwar caucus and party leaders held a backroom meeting in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a final plea to the group, asking it to deliver at least four votes when the roll is called. The members promised 10.

"I find myself in the excruciating position of being asked to choose between voting for funding for the war or establishing timelines to end it," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). "I have struggled with this decision, but I finally decided that, while I cannot betray my conscience, I cannot stand in the way of passing a measure that puts a concrete end date on this unnecessary war."

.... Shortly after, Out of Iraq Caucus leaders decided to break the pact that members had made to stick together against the bill. "We have released people who have been pained by all this," said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). "We told them we don't want them to be in a position of undermining Nancy's speakership."

What was that line from the Vietnam period -- we had to destroy the village to save it? The pwoggies had to prolong the war to end it.

Oh, I'm so glad we have a Democratic majority in the House. It's made such a difference, hasn't it?

Comments (5)

owen p:

when i read the recent developments
on the funding tussle
my head seems to shake slowly
side to side....involuntarily

what's worth saying here ???

its like well i got up out of my den

and looked for my shadow and .....

winter begets winter begets winter

hope ???


t'is nearing
the end of time as we know it

but not quite yet folks

owen p:

the caucus for a free iraq
simply cracked wide open

but at least waters is on the public record

"the pact ...to stick together against the bill "
though a bankrupt now
does set a precedent for such pacts in the future

a pact like

"this must be or we bolt "

a pact that really sez
its our way
or no lady speaker

now that is surely
a couple more winters away

in fact unless"the base " goes absolutely ape shit

we have at least
till after the 08 election
b4 the likes of the cal gal trio or
many of any progs else
will play bolt ball on the her nanship

and hey

maybe by then
relations between
the donkery core
and its prog base will be in such disarray ....

for now...
go out there and raise hell max
occupiy the caucus members offices
even those able to vote no

a no is not enough

you must leave the dem party

owen p:

if this isn't enough to start
a peace party of peace democrats
then it oughta be enough
to start a vote boycott

"just enough to defeat enough..."


"The American people have lost faith in the president's conduct of this war," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

So we'll fund it for another year and a half.

What a day for grinning swine.


the jack ass nos
of left and right

John Barrow
Dan Boren
Lincoln Davis
Barbar Lee
John Lewis
Jim Marshall
Jim Matheson
Michael McNulty
Mike Michaud
Gene Taylor
Maxine Waters
Diane Watson
Lynn Woolsey

curtesey of the D throat network
at mcat

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