As the Senate edged closer to a showdown in Iraq with a 51-47 vote along party lines calling for a withdrawl of combat troops within one year, it appears that the lines are hardening, and neither side will be able to give ground to forge a compromise. Sen. Byrd, D-WVA, commented, Setting a goal for getting most of our troops out of Iraq is not — not, not — cutting and running”. What it is he failed to say, so I guess it can be called a strategic get the heck out of dodge. At least that sounds better.
To sweeten the deal, Democrats added pork galore, but it all seems that it will end in a Presidential veto, which neither chamber will be able to find the votes to overide. Even though both sides are talking the lingo about the need to compromise to forge meaningful legislation, there is great pressue on both sides to hold the line, which will bring about a highly publicized and highly criticized veto. With the Democrats there is too much pressure from their base to back down, and it is likely that the next tactic after the sure to come veto of the bill, will be to bog down funding, although not cut it off complete. This may result in severe disruption to unit replacement, training and vital supplies.
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Reid stated that Iraq was not worth another drop of US blood. However, the Congressional counterinsurgency to the certain Bush veto will in fact keep the troops in the area, but hamper the units present ability to fight. As stated often in this blog, the two-step of Congress continues, but now the tune that is accompanying the dance may have disastrous effects upon units which had recently been enjoying pockets of success in the recent surge. Rep. Murtha, who has vehemently opposed the Administration’s policies in Iraq has hinted calling for monthlong spending bills, which will keep this political pot at a rather high boil throughout the remainder of the administration, and keep the political football, which Iraq has become, punted from the Congress to the Administration.
The only problem may be if one side fumbles the ball, who will recover? The Administration, The Congress or the insurgents?