Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization
Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq in favor of narrower authority that restricts the military’s role and begins withdrawals of combat troops.
[…] “I’ve had enough of ‘nonbinding,’ ” said Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who is helping to draft the new Democratic proposal. The 2002 war resolution, he said, is an obvious target.
“The authorization that we gave the president back in 2002 is completely, completely outdated, inappropriate to what we’re engaged in today,” he said.
[…] The new framework would set a goal for withdrawing combat brigades by March 31, 2008, the same timetable established by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Once the combat phase ends, troops would be restricted to assisting Iraqis with training, border security and counterterrorism.
It is still hard to see the threat here. Even granting this proposal’s symbolic nut-kick to sanctimonious war boosters like Lieberman the bill will never draw 60 votes to break a filibuster. Unless…
Senior Democratic aides said the proposed resolution would be sent directly to the Senate floor for action, without committee review, possibly as an amendment to a homeland security bill scheduled for debate next week.
Ah yes, that good old GOP medicine. Attach the poison to a bill that the other party would hurt itself to fight. It is not very hard to see why the GOP and the soon-to-be GOP would get tetchy.
Nasty? Partisan? Sure. In a perfect world I would love to see Congress handle important things with bipartisan fairness. Maybe (call it a dream that I have) we will get there some day. In the meantime we might as well come to terms with the true legacy of Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove. Their permanent Republican majority died on the vine but the next majority seems happy to adopt some of the old spiteful tactics. Now maybe the GOP will grasp why people like me advise against lowering the bar for official behavior. Means often outlive the ends. In the coming years when the right gets itself worked up in a lather about the awful nazi tactics of Reid, Pelosi, and Clinton/Obama/Edwards, it is probably unrealistic to expect even the smarter righties to recognize the unfamiliar smell of personal responsibility.