Today, the United States senate voted once again to end cloture on another meaningless resolution to get out of Iraq. Once again, the vote was 52-47 with the three GOP stooges, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska joining the Surrender Caucus. And, of course, Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut voted with the Victory Caucus and thus, the surrender first crowd fell eight votes short of ending cloture.
This, like everything else the congress has voted on regarding the war in the Iraq theatre in the War Against Terror is pointless. The Democrats are in control of congress and the purse strings. Thus, they can at any time cut off the fund to the troops in Iraq and end the war in a blink. So, why do they not go for broke and all out to cut the funding?
The answer is that they know they do not have anywhere near the votes that will withstand the certain veto of President Bush. They also do not have the guts to bring a fund cutoff to a vote because they will be seen as the cut and runners that they really are.
So, we are treated to these dog and pony shows, meaningless votes every so often to remind the American people that these principled Democrats are still trying to bring some Republicans along and vote for a staged withdrawal.
The congress that is now controlled by the Democrat party is at a lower polling than the Republican congress ever was in 12 years of control. The reason is simple. The Dems are obsessed with keeping Iraq on the front burner while doing nothing to really change things. The Dems believe that this will ride them to keep congress and their presidential candidate to the White House. Well, the polls seem to bear that out.
But while that goes on, do they not think that the American people are not going to catch on their cynical strategy? I think they already are and that the present polling numbers will turn around.
But, that is not what is the current situation is. The senate is going to try this again after the August recess. And that will be about the time that Gen. David Petraeus will deliver the all important report on progress in Iraq. That is when this may get serious.