Supplemental Funding of the Surge

The war bill requiring an Iraq pullout passes senate  51-46.  Apparently another senator abstained or was out campaigning ... the prior vote was 51-47. Now the bill goes to the president's desk for the drama of the veto.  For me the only interesting question remaining is what will be the substance of the final compromise and  when will it be signed?

The US congress is just a proxy for us, the American people.  This war is being waged on our behalf.  Like it or not, we are a integral force in the balance of power on the battle field.  If we withdraw our support, and the vast majority of us have, then inevitably America must withdraw. That is how democracy is supposed to work, and that is how it worked in Viet Nam.  We can laugh and jeer at the partisan machinations in Washington all we want ... they are certainly an imperfect representation of our will ... but to understand the changing situation in Iraq, the hearts and minds of us, the American people, must be taken into consideration.  So both Bush and the enemy knows there is a 6 megaton elephant coming on the battlefield named The American People.  I suspect that both Bush and the enemy will attempt to persuade that elephant how to move.

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