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Senate Folds on War
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Three cowards: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

You knew something like this could, indeed would, happen. You just didn’t expect it to happen so pitifully. Senate Republicans easily managed to block debate on a plan to oppose the Bush junta’s Iraq surge. The measure needed 60 votes to enable debate. Democrats didn’t even manage to get their own ranks in order. They tallied up 49 votes, with 47 voting against. (See the vote here.) Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, voted against it (the only Democrat to do so), although that’s a procedural matter. Every Republican voted against it except John McCain and Florida’s own Bush clone, Mel Martinez. One Republican joined the Democrats: Susan Collins of Maine. “This afternoon’s result,” Carl Hulse wrote for the Times, “cast doubt on whether the Senate would move toward a vote on what lawmakers of both parties described as the paramount issue of the day. Now it appears certain that more negotiations will take place on what war-related measure, if any, will be voted upon.” What a pathetic show of non-binding force. What a cowardly act. What an expected surrender. On the most important issue of the day. They won’t even debate it. Won’t look at it in the face. That’s what the Iraq war has come to, back-alley grab for cannon fodder, all in the name of an elusive thing called “American prestige,” lost so long ago that Senators don’t even know it. Makes you think the entire thing was staged. Give the Democrats a chance to look tough and live up to their campaign pledges all the while knowing that the Republican minority would do them this little favor and stand in the way. In any case the escalation is well on its way in Iraq. The troops are on the ground, some of them already six feet beneath it. The Bush junta will take this as a victory, the way Osama once touted a minor skirmish in the “jihad” against the Soviets as a victory, and rode it all the way to his mythmaker’s bank; Osama never was the fighter or the victorious insurgent he’s portrayed himself to be, in the war against the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. He was ridiculed by Afghans and, often enough, by his own ragtag army of Arab mujahideens. The similarities with Bush keep growing, scraggly beard-like. Osama must be smiling again in his tent. Or cave. Or on the French Riviera where, for all we know, he’s been shacking up with six whores, three bankers and an accountant since 2003, when he figured out that Bush could be left to shooting himself in the foot many times over. But the fact remains: this is the best the Democrats could muster, after all this time, and on a day when the Bush junta revealed its military budget to bust all budgets.

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