The House of Representatives has passed a Bill requiring U.S. troops to leave Iraq by next year.
But the Democrats are fighting a battle that they cannot win.
This was another symbolic gesture by the Democrats because it is really all they CAN do.
The Democrats don’t have enough votes in either the House or the Senate to override a Presidential veto. And they don’t have enough to stop a Republican filibuster in the Senate. So actually the bill won’t even reach the White House in its present form.
What will happen is that the bill will go through the Conference committee process and will be changed in the next couple of weeks (with no pullout timetable), OR the Democrats will have to rewrite a new funding bill that Bush will agree to sign.
They just wanted to get the Republicans on record….voting against a pullout plan. It’s all strategy to set the stage for 2008.
I think the Democrats should concentrate more on oversight through Congressional Hearings. They should work harder to expose the corruption and misconduct of Bush & Co.