Overnight Debate

So I caught some of last night’s debate on CSPAN (yes, I’m that kind of nerd).

It all boils down to these points:

  • Republicans want to stay in Iraq. 
  • Democrats want to get the hell out.

Everything else is noise. 

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 18, 2007 - 1:03 pm

    I watched a couple of hours of the Senate speeches. I was particularly interested in the Republicans, because this was their chance to explain why they are obstructing the will of the American people.

    The main Republican argument seemed to be that Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq have created a failed state and triggered a civil war, plus given terrorists a huge boost there and worldwide. Therefore, we have to keep the occupation going at all costs in the hope that military force alone can undo the damage. To do otherwise would give the terrorists a reason to think we’re not as tough as they are.

    Doesn’t seem like a winning argument, because everybody knows the US Army can’t sustain the current level of deployment past next spring anyway. Really, the Reed-Levin Amendment is the only practical way to go. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed out last night that the Republicans will eventually have no choice but to agree to a withdrawal.

    One of three things are going to happen, probably by the end of this year: (1) President Bush acknowledges reality and orders a phased withdrawal before it’s too late, (2) Iraqi politicians tell us to get out of their country and Bush uses that as a fig leaf, or (3) A veto-proof majority in both houses of Congress legislates an end to the occupation.

  2. #2 by Nephi on July 18, 2007 - 2:28 pm

    I wanted to shoot Lieberscum … really, I did!

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