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Senate Democrats seek to repeal the 2002 War Authorization

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posted on Feb, 23 2007 @ 12:29 PM
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Senate Democrats seek to repeal the 2002 War Authorization


Source Link: www.washingtonpost.com

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.

House Democrats have pulled back from efforts to link additional funding for the war to strict troop-readiness standards after the proposal came under withering fire from Republicans and from their party's own moderates. That strategy was championed by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) and endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"If you strictly limit a commander's ability to rotate troops in and out of Iraq, that kind of inflexibility could put some missions and some troops at risk," said Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Tex.), who personally lodged his concerns with Murtha.

In both chambers, Democratic lawmakers are eager to take up binding legislation that would impose clear limits on U.S. involvement in Iraq after nearly four years of war. But Democrats remain divided over how to proceed. Some want to avoid the funding debate altogether, fearing it would invite Republican charges that the party is not supporting the troops. Others take a more aggressive view, believing the most effective way to confront President Bush's war policy is through a $100 billion war-spending bill that the president ultimately must sign to keep the war effort on track.
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God I wish it would work, I really do. But I seriously doubt that it will. bush minor is going to damned good and well what he pleases regardless of what the congress or the people want. He has made that abundantly clear. After all he is the one who referred to the constitution as a GD piece of paper and said it would be a lot easier to govern if the US was a dictatorship, just so long as he was the dictator.

I doubt it but they may very well pass it, after all the Republicans are as skittish as a cat sleeping underneath a rocker.

I have said it before and I will say it again bush minor will provoke a constitutional crisis before this year is out... the outlines are vague but the odds are it will be over something like this or an unprovoked attack on Iran. Then we will see if the congress have been effectively spayed or not.



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posted on Feb, 23 2007 @ 12:52 PM
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Undoubtedly this will pass in the House and fail in the Senate, but I agree the 2002 resolution should be repealed, but for a different reason than deploying more troops to Iraq. I believe it would also force Bush to go back to congress for permission before he can take any military action toward Iran. Under the current resolution he can take any military action he sees fit, which IMO is like a loaded gun in the hands of a child.



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