Déjà Vu: Another Iraq Withdrawal Bill Shot Down
Well, we might have seen this one coming, but yet another plan to set a timetable to begin the gradual withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has been deep-sixed in the Senate.
AP via Huffington Post:
Senate Republicans torpedoed legislation Wednesday to force the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, bowing to President Bush’s adamant refusal to consider any change in war strategy before September.
The 52-47 vote fell far short of the 60 needed to advance the legislation and marked the final act in an all-night session that Democrats engineered to dramatize their opposition to the war.
“Time and the American people are … on our side,” said a defiant Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who has made ending the war the Democrats’ top goal since they took control of the Senate in January. “We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq,” he said moments after the vote.