What Was That You Said Again, Joe?
Architects of the McCain/Lieberman war move to strike withdrawal provisions from the supplemental, because heaven forbid it should ever end:
“We will not filibuster the bill,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “But we guarantee — the president has guaranteed his veto. And I’m sure there will be sufficient number of votes to sustain his veto.”
Still, it is a priority of Senate Republicans to remove the Iraq withdrawal provisions from the measure. The ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, announced during the panel’s markup that he intends to try to strike the provisions, which would mandate the withdrawal of troops from Iraq starting 120 days after enactment, with the goal of completing the process by March 31, 2008.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats but votes with Republicans on Iraq, predicted Cochran’s motion would prevail.
“I believe that we’re going to succeed in striking this harmful language from the bill on the Senate floor,” Lieberman said.
All those senators up for re-election in '08 don't seem too happy about the prospect of voting against an end to the war according to the NYT, in an article entitled "GOP Senators Lug the Weight of War Toward 08." Maybe they can get some advice from Joe. Because nobody wants to see our troops home more than he does, right Harry?