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And proud of it:
Democrats know they might lose this month's showdown with President Bush on legislation to pull troops out of Iraq. But with 2008 elections in mind, majority Democrats says it is only a matter of time before they will get their way. Senior Democrats are calculating that if they keep the pressure on, eventually more Republicans will jump ship and challenge the president - or lose their seats to Democratic contenders.Unless the terrorists lose.
"It's at least my belief that they are going to have to break because they're going to look extinction, some of them, in the eye," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of his Republican colleagues.
Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war."
Update: Moqtada al-Sadr wants American troops out of Iraq too, but is willing to lose seats in the effort:
BAGHDAD — Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his ministers to quit Iraq’s government on Monday in protest at Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s refusal to set a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal.(Okay, in the interest of fairness and accuracy, I should point out that Sadr's bloc isn't giving up Parliament seats - just cabinet positions.)
And Democrats still go around stating that they support the troops. When will people stop believing this lie?
In their hurry to bring about the extinction of Republicans (who can look at the big picture), they will bring about America's extinction also. But at least they can say, we destroyed our enemy. Makes you wonder who they think is the real enemy.... Islamic Terrorists or Republicans?Posted by David at April 15, 2007 09:04 PM
It would also mean they don't vote with the ruling coalition anymore, either. They have 30 out of the 130 seats, so it's possible the government will fall.
Maybe not, as a new coalition is being formed between parties for national interest of Iraq. Led by Allawi I believe that would most likely team with Maliki.
Interesting to watch as a new democracy begins to understand political negotiations. The extremist are moved to the sides of power on either side and hopefully a middle consensus builds.
Much of this depends upon investment coming into all areas of Iraq and I think there are probably many carrots being waved in front of the faces of all the Sheiks if they clean up their respective areas.Posted by Michael at April 16, 2007 02:00 PM
I don't know if it's betting on defeat or facing reality. The reality is that the situation in Iraq is not going to get any better without adding 250,000 more troops. Democrats and many Republicans know this already. The White House does too, but they will lose politically if they withdraw, so they stay in knowing it will cost more lives.Posted by Shawn at April 16, 2007 03:15 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)