Democrats Dilute Anti-War Plan
The Democrats have to stop acting like the party of placation and the party of "nonbinding resolutions" if they want respect. No way will Bush and his crew take this lot seriously if they don't act from the starting point of Bush's incompetence as Commander-in-Chief. In other words, the Democrats are operating under the assumptions that Bush is prosecuting the invasion of Iraq under honest pretenses, and with a clear goal in mind, and, quite obviously, neither assumption is true. Bush's strategy, if we can even call it that, is to keep sending troops into Iraq until there are no more troops to send, and somehow recruit more. By even paying lip service to this plan, the Democrats do their country a disservice. Passing resolutions to hold a proven liar to his promises is an insult to the very voters that the Democrats need if they ever want to see the inside of the Oval Office again.
Senior House Democrats, seeking to placate members of their party from Republican-leaning districts, are pushing a plan that would place restrictions on President Bush's ability to wage the war in Iraq but would allow him to waive them if he publicly justifies his position.
Under the proposal, Bush would also have to set a date to begin troop withdrawals if the Iraqi government fails to meet benchmarks aimed at stabilizing the country that the president laid out in January.
The plan is an attempt to bridge the differences between anti-war Democrats, led by Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), who have wanted to devise standards of troop readiness strict enough to force Bush to delay some deployments and bring some troops home, and Democrats wary of seeming to place restrictions on the president's role as commander in chief.