Democratic House leaders are developing a proposal that would not take away money from the troops, but it would require President Bush to report to Congress more often, and also acknowledge problems caused by military resources being stretched too thin. This measure is expected to draw support from both Democrats and Republicans, but it is uncertain if this will be enough to please an American public who has grown tired of war.

It is also unlikely that this proposal would satisfy Democrats on the far left who want to see the troops removed from Iraq immediately. Bush “hasn’t to date done anything we’ve asked him to do, so why we would think he would do anything in the future is beyond me,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), who has called for an immediate end to the war. Since the House passed a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop surge, Democrats have been internally debating their next move. Some have worried that a plan by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) that would restrict war funding is too extreme, while others don’t think it goes far enough.

Congressional Republicans believe that the Democrats’ ultimate goal is to cut off funding for the war. They see any Democrat proposals as working towards this end. The congressional Republicans have also pledged that full funding will continue for the war. “We support full funding for our troops who are in harms way, without strings attached,” said Putnam (R-FL).

It seems that congressional Democrats have finally realized the limitations of their power. They are the appropriations and oversight branch. They do not have the power to end this war, only the president can do that, and I am of the opinion that, regardless of who wins the 2008 election, the war in Iraq will come to a speedy end once President Bush leaves office.

The invasion of Iraq was the brainchild of his administration, and I think that it is doubtful that a new president will want to begin their term saddled with what many view as, “Bush’s War.” A new president will not be as emotionally or politically invested in this conflict, and that will make it easier for them to bring the troops home. In this case, a clear cut victory doesn’t seem possible. The next president may be able to do nothing more than turn everything over to the Iraqis, and hope for the best.

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