Dems: Fight Over Iraq War Has Just Begun
May 25, 6:16 AM EDT
By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats may have lost the first round with President Bush on ending the war in Iraq since taking over Congress in January, but they say their fight has just begun.
In the months ahead, lawmakers will vote repeatedly on whether U.S. troops should stay and whether Bush has the authority to continue the war. The Democratic strategy is intended to ratchet up pressure on the president, as well as on moderate Republicans who have grown tired of defending Bush administration policy in a deeply unpopular war.
"I feel a direction change in the air," said Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House panel that oversees military funding.
Let's hope this is just the beginning to the end. If I had a dime for every time I've heard, "Ending the war is very important to the anti-war activists", I'd be a crazy woman with alot of dimes.
Ending this war is very important to majority of U.S. citizens you cretins.
A large majority of the public — 76 percent, including a majority of Republicans — say that the additional American troops sent to Iraq this year by Mr. Bush have either had no impact or are making things worse there. Twenty percent think the troop increase is improving the situation in Iraq.
A majority of Americans continue to support a timetable for withdrawal. Sixty-three percent say the United States should set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq sometime in 2008.