Democrats Fumble, as Cheney Threatens War
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.
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.
As The Hill 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:
"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."
Joining Woolsey were Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva (Az.), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Jerrold Nadler (NY) and freshman Ed Perlmutter (Colo.).
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."
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."
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.