Beating back the Bush surge

Salon
by Michael Scherer and Mark Benjamin

02/09/07

Over three days next week, the floor of the House of Representatives will become a wind tunnel of oratory, with most of the 435 members appearing before C-SPAN cameras to declare their support or opposition to President Bush’s war plan for Iraq. But beyond the swirling rhetoric, the debate over a non-binding resolution to oppose the surge of troops represents an important first step in a long-range strategy by congressional Democrats to force a conclusion to the Iraq war. The effort has two important goals, say Democrats. On the one hand, they hope to put political pressure on vulnerable House Republicans so that more of them break away from the White House on Iraq policy. At the same time, they plan to use the power of the purse to restrict the president’s ability to continue the war...

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