Shame on both parties in the Senate.
It is unseemly to bicker over procedural issues while men and women, Iraqi and American, are dying in the war.
Shame on the Republicans for blocking a debate on Iraq.
Shame on the Democrats for not allowing the Republicans to introduce motions for the debate.
The more motions proposing solutions to the inept prosecution of the war the better.
Let's have a motion to withdraw immediately (i.e., within the next six months).
Let's have a motion to begin withdrawal after six months.
Let's have a motion to withdraw after one year.
Let's have a motion to maintain the status quo.
Let's have a motion supporting the limited surge of 25,000 troops proposed by the President.
Let's have a motion supporting bringing troop levels up to the 300,000 number suggested by the Army's hand book on counter-insurgency.
With votes on each of these motions, we will really be able to see what is supported and what is not and who supports what. And that is what the Americans, and the Iraqis, deserve.
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