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    18 November 2005

    Repubs fight back WRT Iraq pull out

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    Tonight the House Repubs will force a 'pull out of Iraq Resolution' to get the Dems 'on record' so they can frame them as 'cut 'n run'. I don't know how this will turn out, I'm not optimistic about it though.

    - Dkos

    - RawStory

    - AP

    The Dems may have just fucked up. Let's hope they argue about Murtha's actual words and the revision the Repubs have made. He clearly called for a withdrawal "as soon as practicable" and he should be held to that. His proposal continues

    * Six months to redeploy
    * Marine units on standby in case of emergency
    * Continue training
    * Let the Iraqis handle their own day-to-day security.

    Dems, don't let the Repubs spin this on you! Your in enough trouble as it is.

    [UPDATE] Kos has the differences in the plan here.

    [UPDATE]
    I don't really know what s going on, besides a partisan stunt, but the difference in the resolutions is pretty clear though the media may still struggle to get it.

    1) The Republicans proposal has the word "immediately". No plan for an orderly withdrawal. The implication is haul everyone out and don't cover your allies or your tails. It's as much a plan to get out of the war as what Rummy had to get in it. It also does not got to the Senate. It's an intention with no strategy.

    2) The Democratic proposition will end up voted on by the WHOLE Congress. It's a real bill, with a plan - the effect is an immediate plan for withdrawal as soon as is practicable. This bill is a statement of intention, strategy and tactics.

    I don't know that I support either one, but #1 is a clear stunt. Repubs should be ashamed.

    Anyway...

    Jean Schmidt (the orange one), who had Joe Braun working for her (he's some kind of sex freak) when she ran against Iraq War vet Paul Hackett in Ohio, lost it and called Murtha a coward (you may have to reread that ;) ). What happened next was priceless, the room erupted into outrage
    Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber's center aisle screaming that it was an uncalled for personal attack. "You guys are pathetic. Pathetic," yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

    Schmidt could have been censured and rightly withdrew her appauling remarks. Kos has it.

    Posted by Geoff

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