Today, the senate by a vote of 50-48 passed a date certain pull out of all United States troops from Iraq. Of course, Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) voted with the Republicans as did Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). The GOP lost Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). In a sense no surprises. But, the GOP also lost Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and that is the difference.
It is a disgrace. We are showing that the surge is working in Iraq as overall violence is decreasing. Also, there appear to be serious rifts withing the Sunni forces and they are turning against the Al-Queda in Iraq. That is good for the United States and its allies and the Iraqi government.
But, no matter to the Dems, who want to get out so they will not have to deal with this next year during an election year. Why, none other than Sen. Hilary Clinton (D-New York) said that she resents President Bush for the possibility of this being on her if she should become the next president. Hmm, as noted in an earlier posting, maybe President Bush should resent former President Clinton's inaction that precipitated 9/11 in the first place.
War is a tough business, especially when it is both a hot and cold war. The bad thing about this is that one party, the Democrats, want it all to go away, no matter what. The other party, the Republicans, realize that there is a war and the need to fight it.
Votes like we had today show that to be true, and if the Dems should win the White House next year and there is another 9/11 scale attack, they will have no one to blame but themselves for the lack of will to fight and win.