Wag the Blog Redux: The Assault on Reason
Although Durbin called a troop withdrawal date "a worthy goal," he stressed that "it is not a realistic goal."
We asked you whether you agree or disagree with Durbin and how reasonable it is to expect Senate Democrats, who hold the slimmest of majorities, to end this war. The best of your responses, as gathered by washingtonpost.com's politics producer Sarah Lovenheim, are below:
Of course it is not realistic. Not only is the Democratic majority slim, but not all members of that majority support radical action on the war. The only way the Congress will be able to bring an abrupt end to the war is if enough Republicans join in with the Democrats ... With the top tier of the Republican presidential candidates all supporting the war there isn't tremendous pressure on Congressional Republicans to change their tune.
Posted by: Janine
Trial Yields Error
The Republican filibuster of the recent troop leave bill was a horrible tactical error by Minority Leader McConnell. Why not allow the debate? You know that Bush will likely veto the bill when it passes.
Posted by: JamesCH
For the Sake of Dignity, Surrender
If there's anything the Democrats can do, it's [that they can] stop pushing this defeatist agenda, which is irresponsible and frightening. It not only cheapens the sacrafices of our fellow men and women in uniform, but it completely disregards the consequences of an Iraq left to the terrorists.
Posted by: Mike
It is not reasonable to believe that congressional Democrats can end the war today.
President Bush has indicated that he will reject any artificial timelines not created by the Iraqi government or the US military ... [Democrats] can either cut off funding for the war or continue passing resolutions that will either die in the senate or be vetoed ...The Democrats best bet is wait out until that report takes place and take an objective look at how the troop surge is working and what Patreaus says. If things are still going badly with no progress forward at that point, President Bush will be forced to try something else and then the Democrat's will have a stronger leg to stand on.
Posted by: Reason
Of course the Democrats can end the war. They need simply refuse to send Bush a spending bill without a deadline.
Posted by: Anticlimacus
If You Don't Try, You Can't Win
We not only have a right, we have an obligation. Human beings are naturally meant to be free, and to have human rights and dignity. That's what makes us strong, and what compels us to help the oppressed ... shouldn't leave and watch the mass murdering that will take place in our absence.
Posted By: Mike
Mediate, Don't Litigate
The Democrats could end the war in time, if they are willing to compromise, and pragmatically take into account the situation on the ground when crafting a plan of action. It won't be easy.
Posted by: Antigone
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July 18, 2007; 3:27 PM ET
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