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Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline

by Pamela Leavey

A new Pew Research poll shows that a “solid majority of Americans say they want their congressional representative to support a bill calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August 2008.”

Nearly six-in-ten (59%) say they would like to see their representative vote for such legislation, compared with just 33% who want their representative to oppose it.

Democrats are united in their support of legislation calling for a U.S. troop withdrawal by August 2008, and most independents (61%) also favor this step. Most Republicans oppose this step, but there are substantial divisions within the GOP. More than four-in-ten moderate and liberal Republicans (44%) want their representative to vote for legislation calling for an August 2008 deadline for a troop withdrawal, compared with only about a quarter of conservative Republicans (26%).

On the subject of the eroding support for Bush’s War, E.J. Dionne notes in his Tuesday column in the WaPo that “an antiwar tide” is on “the rise.”

Within three weeks, the United States could face a constitutional crisis over President Bush’s war policy in Iraq. The president and his allies seem to want this fight. Yet insisting upon a confrontation will be another mistake in a long line of bad judgments about a conflict that grows more unpopular by the day.

Last week’s narrow House vote imposing an August 2008 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops was hugely significant, even if the bill stands no chance of passing in the Senate this week in its current form. The vote was a test of the resolve of the new House Democratic leadership and its ability to pull together an ideologically diverse membership behind a plan pointing the United States out of Iraq.

With the Senate now ready to debate withdrawal from Iraq yet again, Dionne says, “With most counts showing Senate Democrats needing only one more vote to approve the call for troop withdrawals next year, antiwar pressures are growing on Sens. John Sununu (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).”

All face reelection next year, as does Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who is already seen as leaning toward the withdrawal plan.

Bush might still win this Senate vote and a reprieve for his war policy. But the president’s refusal to acknowledge that the country has fundamentally changed its mind on the war makes it impossible for him to work with Congress on a sensible approach to a withdrawal that will happen some day — with or without a constitutional showdown.

The time to Set a Deadline is way over due. Contact your Senators and let them know that you support a withdrawal plan for Iraq. Keep the pressure on.

5 Responses to “Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline”

  1. Bring them home or send your demon seed there!

  2. Considering there was a requirement to add $30 billion in pork and earmarks to get this thing through the House I’m thinking the tide EJ Dionne wrote about hasn’t risen nearly as far as he’d like you to think.

    If it was such a great idea we wouldn’t be building peanut storage sheds in Georgia to buy votes.

  3. How High Has That Tide Risen?

    You see, if the anti-war sentiment in the House was as high as E.J. states, then there would have been no need to increase the bill’s cost by 30% with add ons to buy votes.

  4. On the announcement by Tony Snow of his new cancer battle: I hope that he decides to keep in the game until he’s no longer physically able. We all have to live. We all have to die. And, where ever in the cycle each of us is at, we are all doing both things simultaneously.

  5. The longer we stay in Iraq, the longer we postpone open hostilities with Iran. We also postpone the formal establishment of “Kurdistan”, and the resulting preemptive invasion thereof by Turkey.

    But, what the hell, let’s fight one battle at a time. Send the moving vans to Iraq, and start packing.