Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Senate speaks: "Fuck you, Georgie!"

Good good. Further to the bill passed in the house week, the GOP Senate measure to strike the withdrawal timetable from the bill was voted down 50-48:

"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."

Prior to the vote, the white house warned:

“This and other provisions would place freedom and democracy in Iraq at grave risk, embolden our enemies and undercut the administration’s plan to develop the Iraqi economy.”

Well la-di-fuckin-dah. "The plan to develop the Iraqi economy"; that could also be read as "the plan to steal as much of Iraq's oil as possible and pay Halliburton megabucks in the process". Georgie will undoubtedly veto the bill, but a president who has so little support that he has to use veto power to execute his agenda is the lamest of lameducks. Not a good thing with almost 2 years to go.

Meanwhile, looking at the long term, the democrats have cemented their position as the ones who tried to move towards getting out of Iraq. Regardless of what happens in the interim, that will bode well for them in November 2008.