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A large portrait of Mike Mansfield, dogged Democratic foe of the Vietnam war, hangs near the Senate chamber where a new generation of Democrats is trying to stop another unpopular conflict - in Iraq.
But Democrats who look back at Mansfield's experience may not be encouraged. As Senate majority leader from 1961-1977, he tried many times publicly and privately to end US involvement in Vietnam.
Congress spent years debating a slew of resolutions and funding limits on the Indochina war but failed to stop it or cut off funding for all combat operations until after the United States pulled its ground troops out of Vietnam in 1973.
"I think Mansfield's experience shows that political persuasion can only go so far if a president refuses to be persuaded," said Don Oberdorfer, who wrote a biography of the Montana lawmaker who died in 2001
The four-year-old war in Iraq has revived constitutional arguments about the limits of congressional and presidential powers. Congress declares war and controls funding, but President George W. Bush is commander-in-chief of the US armed forces.
The Democratic-controlled House voted last month to denounce Bush's Iraq troop buildup. The Senate, despite having a 51-49 Democratic majority, bogged down on procedural rules and failed to follow suit.