Votes on Withdrawal

| Fri Nov. 18, 2005 6:41 PM EST

Ah, Republicans. So Rep. John Murtha proposes an amendment getting the United States out of Iraq "at the earliest practicable date." The Republican leadership completely rewrites the amendment to declare that the occupation shall "be terminated immediately," and then brings it before the House for a vote, to force the Democrats to take a stand on the war. Except, of course, the GOP rewrite sounds much worse, and Democrats might end up splitting over whether to vote for it or not. Hey, it's a clever stunt. If Hastert and friends spent even half this much energy thinking about the actual mess in Iraq, we might actually get somewhere...

Oh, and this is wrong in so many ways.