Who wins?

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That’s probably not the best question to ask at this juncture, but if indeed the supplemental spending bill with troop withdrawal deadline passes, it appears Bush might well be locked in an even more precarious place than he is presently. He goes along, then he’s caved and the deadline remains. He vetoes it, it’s a stronger than ever signal of defiance, and he’s pushed out further toward the edge of the cliff.

The Democrats can’t afford to break ranks or they lose whatever position they’ve achieved that may let them actually make a difference and bring the war to a close. It’s not just a question of “what looks good.” I think Pelosi holding the House together on this will pay off down the road.

But none of that makes it any less sickening to see more money appropriated for this disastrous, evil war.

via TPM

(Washington, DC) – After two grueling weeks of meetings, Progressive members of Congress brought forth an agreement that provided the momentum to pass a supplemental spending bill that, for the first time, establishes a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Diane Watson (D-CA) have led Congressional opposition to the war in Iraq since before it started and have consistently voted against funding for the war as a matter of conscience. Still, they decided that they could not stand in the way of the passage of a bill that would establish a clear timeline for ending the war, especially if the failure of that bill would mean the passage of a supplemental without any restrictions.

After a painstaking series of meetings with members of the Progressive Caucus and Out of Iraq Caucus and other members of Congress, the group agreed that, while they could not vote for the bill themselves, they would not block its passage.

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