Wednesday, January 24, 2007

'Ping-pong game with American lives'

"Bush Iraq Plan Is Condemned by Senate Panel" is how the NYT described the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's vote today for a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush's troop surge in Iraq. Chuck Hagel, the only Republican to join Democrats in the 12-9 vote, doesn't think there even is a plan to condemn. From his blistering remarks this morning, via TPM Muckraker:
I don't think we've ever had a coherent strategy. In fact, I would even challenge the administration today to show us the plan that the president talked about the other night. There is no plan. I happen to know Pentagon planners were on their way to the Central Com over the weekend. They haven't even team B'ed this plan. And my dear friend Dick Lugar talks about coherence of strategy. There is no strategy. This is a ping-pong game with American lives.
Russ Feingold wants to end the game. Although he voted for the resolution, Feingold said it did not go far enough. He wants Congress to use its power of the purse to end the war. He said he would introduce a bill "to prohibit funding at a date certain to get this thing done."

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