The plan allows three months longer to pull out combat forces than Obama promised during the presidential campaign, and "50,000 is a little higher number than I anticipated," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said before the briefing.Don't be like me, now. You be sure to vote. Voting changes things. As we can plainly see.
Most lawmakers left the White House quickly after the briefing. Few issued statements, and what praise there was came largely from Republicans. Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.) said he "supports the plan to leave 50,000 troops in Iraq as briefed by [chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Admiral [Michael] Mullen and [Defense] Secretary [Robert M.] Gates."
Rep. John McHugh (N.Y.), the senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said that the president's withdrawal plan "is one that we should pray for, plan for and work toward." McHugh said he remained concerned about tenuous security in Iraq, and added that Obama had "assured me that he will revisit his plan if the situation on the ground deteriorates and violence increases."
Friday, February 27, 2009
Shame on Me
I didn't vote last November, and so I missed my chance to make my voice heard in the hyper-momentous choice between Ol' Grampaw Angry-Pants and Rainbow Brite: