A more sophisticated way of avoiding blame has recently been hit upon by Congressman John Murtha, who originally favored Pelosi's "redeployment" strategy. Murtha has now introduced legislation that would deny funding for further forces in Iraq unless they are "fully" equipped, have not served in Iraq on previous tours, and meet other stringent conditions, the net effect of which would be to prevent any reinforcements at all. This would effectively compel the withdrawal, fairly soon, of the troops we already have there.
Then there are those like Sen. Joseph Biden (Delaware), who are skittish about limiting funds for our troops, and favor repealing Congress's original authorization of the war on Iraq, for which so many Congressional Democrats voted. This requires believing that the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to declare war, also allows it, four years later and in the midst of battle, to pull the rug out from under the commander in chief by withdrawing its authorization and giving him fresh instructions.
I could go on, but you get the general idea. The Democrats haven't the faintest idea how to bug out of Iraq without all sorts of ensuing disasters, but they are determined to express "the will of the American people" (if only they can figure out what it is).
The only thing they are really determined to do is lose. They don't feel guilty about this because they think it's inevitable anyway, and it can always be blamed on George Bush.
William Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and author of How to Win Arguments .
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