Wednesday, April 04, 2007
One, two, three, four, what are they fighting for?
Bush is all upset that the Democrats are trying to stick a deadline into the funding bill and claims that setting deadlines for starting to pull the troops out is a terrible idea.
Setting aside the discussion of whether allowing Congress to 'micro-manage' the war effort is a good or bad idea, me thinks the fuss over the bill's inclusion of a timetable for starting to pull troops out of Iraq is much ado over not much of a difference.
See, there already is a time at which the troops will start to be withdrawn: January 20, 2009, the day Bush's successor takes the oath of office.
Is there any doubt that no matter who is elected President next fall, if troop levels aren't already being reduced, one of the first orders the new President will give will be to order the troops to start coming home? All of the Democrats running have called for the troops to start coming home now. On the Republican side, with the exception of McCain, who will not win the Republican primary, let alone the election, none of the candidates has supported an open-ended committment the way Bush has done.
As the campaign - and the surge - progresses, if the surge isn't working, every candidate will be under immense pressure to demand that the troops to start coming home. And if the surge is seen to be working, every candidate will be under immense pressure to demand that the troops to start coming home.
We know that. The Iraqis know that. Everybody knows that.
So what does Bush think is going to happen if the Democrats succeed in forcing through a deadline in the funding bill? Even if their deadline is a bit earlier than what I'll call the 'inauguration deadline', what does Bush think our friends and enemies in Iraq are going to do that is a whole lot different from what they're now doing with the 'inauguration deadline' looming in the ever-shrinking not too distant future?