Harry Reid was pretty confident going into the vote on his Iraq resolution:
“They may wind up with a surprise,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told reporters. “More Republicans than they think may wind up being in favour of this.”
What was the result: 48 – 50. Reid needed 60 votes for the resolution to pass. Ouch.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats aggressively challenged President Bush’s Iraq policy at both ends of the Capitol on Thursday, gaining House committee approval for a troop withdrawal deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, but suffering defeat in the Senate on a less sweeping plan to end U.S. participation in the war.
Anti-war Democrats prevailed on a near-party line vote of 36-28 in the House Appropriations Committee, brushing aside a week-old veto threat and overcoming unyielding opposition from Republicans.
“I want this war to end. I don’t want to go to any more funerals,” said New York Rep. Rep. Jose Serrano, one of several liberal Democrats who have pledged their support for the legislation despite preferring a faster end to the war.
“Nobody wants our troops out of Iraq more than I do, countered Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, who sought unsuccessfully to scuttle the timeline for a troop withdrawal. “But we can’t afford to turn over Iraq to al-Qaida.”
In the Senate, after weeks of skirmishing, Republicans easily turned back Democratic legislation requiring a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days. The measure set no fixed deadline for completion of the redeployment, but set a goal of March 31, 2008. The vote was 50-48 against the measure, 12 short of the 60 needed for passage.
The Democrats just don’t look strong on national security when they attempt to pull our troops out of Iraq, one of the fronts of the Global War on Terror, the day after we learn that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to not only being involved in every aspect of 9/11 but also to personally beheading US journalist Daniel Pearl.
“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” Mohammed is quoted as saying in a transcript of a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, released by the Pentagon.
“For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head,” he added.
It’s shocking that the Democrats have the nerve to vote to pull our troops from Iraq when members of al Qaeda who are just as brutal and evil as KSM are trying to take it over and turn it into a terrorist safe haven.