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Defunding the War: The Elephant in the Middle of the Room


Rahm Emanuel appeared on Bill Maher to say that defunding the war as a way to end it just isn’t an option and gosh darn it, we just don’t have the votes so we really need to wait for another president before we can try to bring the kids home. The same Rahm Emanuel who led the fight to take the language out of the supplemental which would have required the President to seek congressional authority before using military force in Iran.

Thanks, Rahm.

Thankfully, Russ Feingold seems to have other ideas:

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On Offering Feingold-Reid to the Defense Appropriations Bill

Washington DC – Today, in advance of introducing an amendment to the Defense appropriations bill based on the Feingold-Reid legislation to safely redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold released the following statement:

“Iraq is the most important issue we face and the Senate must address it when we take up the Defense spending bill this week. Now is not the time for half-measures or compromises that do nothing to end the President’s disastrous Iraq policy. If senators are serious about safely redeploying our troops from Iraq, passing Feingold-Reid is the surest way to do it.”

We very much look forward to the Senate once again taking up the subject of withdrawal when they discuss funding the war as the Defense Appropriations Bill comes up for debate. It would be horribly negligent of them to try and kick the can down the street and put off discussing this until some nebulous future date.

Whenever Republicans accuse Democrats of being insincere about their efforts to end the war, they say they could do it quite easily if they wanted to by defunding it. And they’re right. There really is no good reason for letting a vote to censure MoveOn get to the floor and yet they aren’t talking about this.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

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