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Surrender Date with Veto

“Surrender Date:”

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.

3 comments to Surrender Date with Veto

  • Morgan

    I want Sen. Harry Reid to say that he wants us to surrender Iraq. Not an honorable withdraw or a redeployment. I want him to say what this bill really is.

    What I love is the $20 billion in pork that the Congressional leaders through into the bill as an enticement to get more support for it. At least we know how much money it takes for Congressmen to sell out our country.

  • laura

    The “war supporters” already conceded defeat–they just aren’t honest enough to admit it. Their suppport for the war is just egotism, posturing for their own self-regard as more patriotic than thou.

    How can I tell? Because actions speak louder than words and when it comes to action the “war supporters” are AWOL.
    Take the surge for example. The whole concept of a surge is that it is a sudden increase followed by a quick decrease. So the Bush Ad. lies to everyone andbegs for the chance to win with a surge–but there is noplanned decrease. A sudden up and down in troop levels probably wouldn’t work but Bush and all of the “war Suporters’are too damn gutless to try to provide the leadeship for a sustained effort. So they hide behind the lie of a surge.

    If you or any other self avowed war supporters weroe ofor real oyou would be discussinog how to support a sustained effort and that means you would be talking abouot how to finance the war and how to get sufficient troops for both iraq and Afganistan for years.

    Tax increase, dramatic cuts in domestic programs, gigantic debts to be paid off by your grandkids, which is it?

    Oh–dead silence.

    And of course all over the right blogsphere and on the Republican side of the aisle in Congress all those wonderful supporters of troops refuse to face up to the issue of overextension. It’s Ok to fight the war with the same people , tour after tour after tour– no discussion of what we are going to do three years from now when the troops are on their fifth or six cycle through.

    You talk about sticking to our effort so we can win but you are not willing to face up to any of the hard choices or hard facts.

    You are a bunch of fakes.

  • Joshua

    Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture! declares the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them. Look, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds” (Jeremiah 23: 1-2).

    Oh–dead silence.

    Moreover, I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children; plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the Lord have spoken (Ezekiel 5: 17).

    Oh–dead silence.

    A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer (Proverbs 29:19).