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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

U.S. Senate Supports Timetable for Withdrawal from Iraq

posted by on March 27 at 14:45 PM

WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly signaled support Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by next March.

Republican attempts to scuttle the non-binding timeline failed on a vote of 50-48, largely along party lines. The roll call marked the Senate’s most forceful challenge to date of the administration’s handling of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops.

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We have a lame duck President and a lame duck congress. Nothing is going to be accomplished until 2009.

Posted by elswinger | March 27, 2007 3:09 PM

above - old jaded cynic - nothing is a very big word

the best news in years, congress has found its backbone

hurrah hurrah hurrah

Posted by earl | March 27, 2007 3:23 PM

The good news is that at least a few Republicans must have jumped ship to join the Dems. With 1 Dem out with a brain hemorrhage or whatever, and Leiberman sucking Bush's cock, the Dems couldn't have done it completely on their own.

It's non-binding, and without much teeth, but it is a step in the right direction. I'm actually surprised they managed to pull together enough votes to pass it, even if just barely. So, yah, good for them. If Bush vetoes it, which seems likely, then they can contemplate stronger action later. But this is a good first step. Not as forceful as some of us might like, but not the rubber stamp congress Bush has completely controlled for the last 6 years.

Posted by SDA in SEA | March 27, 2007 4:45 PM

Since Lieberman was busy wiping off his chin, Chuck Hagel voted with the Dems.

Posted by DOUG. | March 27, 2007 4:49 PM

I hope all o yall are calling your Senators (and, those traitors) demanding that the Senate put a "No attacking Iran" clause in this version of the bill. We have got to stop Bush from starting World War III here. The Russians and the Chinese may claim that Iran is out of their hands, but if Bush lobs a nuke you can bet they will take that extremely seriously. Either way, gas prices will soar and China will probably take the opportunity to snag Taiwan.

This is a very dangerous time, so get on the phone and call your elected officials!

Toll free capitol switchboard:

Posted by Tahoma Activist | March 27, 2007 9:30 PM

No. 1: You have a point. However, at the very least, I hope Congress keeps Bush fighting....keep him away from starting another war.

Posted by Dianna | March 27, 2007 11:00 PM

What a sham. A non binding resolution. It is just for show, so they can print there misleading headlines of “Date set for withdraw.” It means nothing. Anyone that sees hope in the “impeachemnt is off the table” Pelosi Dems is a fool. American Democracy is an illusion, like God or the Easter Bunny. But I guess the American left needs to have their illusions to keep being the lame spineless Wiemar Dems that they are. Idiots.

Posted by Jesus | March 28, 2007 12:05 AM

At least they didn't pass a motion to investigate President GW Bush and VP RB Cheney for impeachable offenses like the King County Dems did tonight.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 28, 2007 12:35 AM

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