Time for Older, Wiser Heads

The schoolyard fight over war funding has gone on long enough. It’s time for the sound-biting between the White House and Congress to stop.

In the last two days, older, wiser voices are beginning to be heard. Yesterday Sen. Carl Levin, 72, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said “We are not going to cut off the funding, period,” but added that Democrats will continue to press the President to “pressure Iraqi leaders to negotiate a settlement.”

In today’s Washington Post, the dean of political columnists, David Broder, 76, writes “In the continuing battle…logic is on the Democrats’ side, but the crucial political leverage belongs to the president. It behooves the realists in both camps to recognize what the troops and the country have at stake–and negotiate a compromise.”

Later in the day, the President offers a slimy olive branch, with his usual my-way-or-the-highway thorns, inviting Democrats to discuss funding as long as they give him the money without conditions, and Harry Reid responds with the equivalent of “Oh, yeah!”

It’s time for Congressional Democrats to face the fact that fiddling with the funding is a no-win situation. If there is a constitutional way to rescind the 2002 resolution authorizing the war, use it.

Otherwise they should keep rallying public opposition and, as 2008 draws nearer, they will win over enough frightened Republicans facing reelection to pass something with veto-proof bite in it.

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6 Responses to Time for Older, Wiser Heads

  1. Jean says:

    The problem is both Levin and Broder don’t have to sacrifice anything. Its easy enough for them to let the war go on. I don’t respect that, its just good politics to them. Levin only supports his own ideas and is always on TV to be center of attention. I think he went along with the war to much so he could be a player with the republicans. And Broder just thinks he is superior and doesn’t respect the leadership the democrats are bringing to this Country.

  2. Robert

    I think it’s a no win situation all the way around at this point. Bush can easily be the one to make the difference and not veto the spending bill. He won’t though. We all know that.

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  4. Darrell Prows says:

    “The people” aren’t being given enough credit for intelligence. Bush is under the gun here, and no one else. If he veotes anything the entire center moves a smidgen more in our direction. Since he has screwed Iraq up more than anything else, that goes doubly for anything having to do with either Iraq or the military.

    The man has the lowest credibility level since just before Nixon resigned, and somebody ought to be agressive enough to take advantage of that.

  5. pen says:

    Unfortunately there are just enough dems who will cave for their own gain or out of fear and I doubt they will get the majority to override bushes veto.

    The dems majority isn’t big enough to override bush and Lott, and McConnell know it.
    They have been able to thwart Reid on just about everything. Reid needs to play some

    Let Bush Veto the bill. He will be on record for vetoing money to the troops. Of course the dems will have to be on every airway calling bush and McCain on their war.

    Iraq is bush and the GOP’s war let them get buried under it.

    There is more going on in the world than just Iraq and the dems need to start walking and chewing gum at the same time.

  6. Kienia says:

    Democrats should send their British-like plan, you know, surrender, to Bush without tying the funding portion (or added pork for their buds back home) to it. They did after all say how things were going to be different once they took control. Appears to be politics as usual.

    How are Democrats explaining why Pelosi and Reid now believe 2008 is an appropriate time for withdrawal when, in the summer of 2006, they signed a much publicized letter with other Dems calling on withdrawal by the end of 2006?

    You all appear to like polls…CNN poll show both hillary and ears obama losing to both Guiliani and McCain in heads up presidential question.