WASHINGTON (CNN) — Defying President Bush, the Democratic-led Senate turned back a Republican attempt to remove a call for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq from a $124 billion war-spending bill, Tuesday. Though the 50-48 vote is far short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, Democrats said the measure was a sign of growing support for bringing the four-year-old war to an end.
“This is a strong message which amplifies the action of the House and reflects the overwhelming sentiment of the American people,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island. “It’s a message that must be heeded by the president and by the government of Iraq.” The bill would require U.S. combat troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq within 120 days and complete that pullout by next March. A reduced American contingent would stay to focus on training Iraqi troops and police and battling al Qaeda terrorists.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said that effectively sets a “surrender date” in the war. “Setting a date for withdrawal is like sending a memo to our enemies that tells them to rest, refit and re-plan until the day we leave,” he said. “It’s a memo to our friends, too, telling them we plan to walk away and leave them on their own, regardless of what we leave behind.”
“The $124 billion appropriation comes on top of $70 billion already approved for this year and would drive the price tag for the now-unpopular war past the half-trillion-dollar mark.”
John McCain chimed in on the Surrender Date motif:
?This bill should be named the Date Certain for Surrender Act,? said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.. ?A second-year cadet at West Point will tell you if you announce to the enemy that you?re leaving, it?s a recipe for defeat.?
I like the Recipe for Defeat Act, myself. It’s funner.
If you look up the phrase “surrender date” in Google, you get this:
“The Art of Intimacy: The Surrender Date
by Dr. Laura Berman
A great way to liven up date night is what I call a Surrender Date. It’s easy and fun. One person agrees to do all of the planning and one person agrees to go along for the ride. But each person really has to hold up their end of the bargain.
The Surrender Date planner does everything from start to finish: Picks out the other person’s clothes and jewelry (and underwear!); Decides where and when you’re going; and Takes charge of all the logistics, such as transportation, money and so on. Feels like a lot of pressure, you say? Or maybe it feels too scary to give up all that control? Well that’s the point!”
Oh, if this isn’t the metaphor for our current political situation, I don’t know what is.