Democrats Fumble, as Cheney Threatens War

23 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Democrats Fumble, as Cheney Threatens War</h1><div class="left_image"><img height="265" src="/files/pictures/6e912229f6da43c6fde313bbbe5627bc/original.jpg" width="399" /></div><p>May 23 (LPAC)--Anti-war Democrats have been reduced to impotent griping and accommodation, as a result of their refusal to take up the popular mandate to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.</p><p>Yesterday, House Majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) accommodated the Cheney war policy by removing any timetable for troop withdrawal in the Iraq war supplemental funding bill.</p><p>As <em>The Hill</em> reports, Hoyer's move opened the floodgate: for Democrats to position themselves, rather than take the only action which will in fact end the Iraq war: Impeach Cheney. Those Democrats who have been the most adamant to end the war and get the troops home were left to merely complain:</p><p>"The anti-war Democrats have reached their tipping point," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif) who leads the Out of Iraq caucus. "It's going to take Republican votes to pass it."</p><p>Joining Woolsey were Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva (Az.), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Jerrold Nadler (NY) and freshman Ed Perlmutter (Colo.).</p><p>Hinchey said, "I'm not liking this. [Many] have bought into the notion that you have to fund the troops. Funding [them] means more ... are going to die." Nadler said without some "sort of timeline" it will be "tough for me to vote for it."</p><p>Among those Democrats who oppose the war but have chosen to accommodate was Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) who said, "It's a concession to reality."</p><p>Freshman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) melted into mush saying "We're going to come to an accommodation," adding he hoped "eventually" there would be a "date certain" for troop withdrawal.</p></div></body>