By a vote of 50-48 the Senate has joined the House in calling for a troop pullout deadline in Iraq. Joining the vast majority of the Democrats were Sen. Hagel (Neb) and Sen. Smith (Ore). While this will certainly be vetoed by President Bush, it is apparent that Congress is set to challenge this policy at any opportunity.
This also may shed light on Sen. Hagel’s intention to run for President. In all probability he couldn’t be elected as a town dogcatcher in most GOP districts in the country, although Nebraska may still want him as their senator. In all likelihood if he runs, it will be as an Independent candidate. However, at this moment, Sen. Hagel may be the most despised member of the GOP members of Congress by his party.
While there are no practical effects of this legislation, it like the House’s resolution will heighten the stakes in a political game of chicken. Somehow I and many other Americans missed the memo that had altered the Constitutional authority that resides in the Executive Branch as Commander in Chief.
Those who stated that America was a paper tiger, may have been proven right. While the war is costly and leaves all Americans wishing it were long over, this will have a ripple effect throughout the world, and undoubtedly our enemies heard this vote. While I do support the soldiers, it would serve the country right if they refused to leave their barracks, those who had recently enlisted claim hardship, and any who are considering enlistment wait until a Congress which will give them the capability to perform their mission without putting political calculations into effect, decide to follow the Constitution of this nation.
It seems that the Congress has forgotten the law of the land and hopefully someone will teach them a lesson. Then again, when did The Constitution matter too much with politicians. Of course I could be wrong, and if anyone knows of a Constitutional argument which gives Congress this authority, please let me know.