Senate foes of troop buildup join forces
WASHINGTON - Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, leading separate efforts to put Congress on record against President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq joined forces Wednesday, agreeing on a nonbinding resolution that would oppose the plan and potentially embarrass the White House.It's non binding and Bush says he's going to ignore it. So why is it his worst nightmare? Up to this point George W. Bush has not had to be the sole owner of the Iraq debacle, the House and Senate were co-owners. If a non-binding resolution in opposition to the surge passes the House and/or the Senate George W. Bush will own it - all alone. And deep, or maybe not so deep, down inside Bush knows it's going to fail. George W. Bush may talk of an ownership society but he can't stand to own his own failures.
Sens. John Warner (news, bio, voting record), R-Va., and Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., had been sponsoring competing measures opposing Bush's strategy of sending 21,500 more U.S. troops to the war zone, with Warner's less harshly worded version attracting more Republican interest. The new resolution would vow to protect funding for troops while keeping Warner's original language expressing the Senate's opposition to the buildup.