Consensus-seeking negotiations on a measure that would limit President Bush's troop escalation in Iraq have angered Congressional Progressives. RAW STORY has learned that they are readying a response that will call for a more rapid withdrawal of US troops from America's four year-long war.There are also signs that the Dlue Dogs could go along with the 71 member Progressive Caucus' planned amendment if the bill contained strong wording putting the onus on Iraq to increase it's own responsibility for internal policing. That would enable a general withdrawal leaving some troops behind in an advisory and training capacity. "We're keeping up the pressure at home and creating strong incentives and clear benchmarks for the Iraqis to meet," said one Blue Dog aide.
Whether such an amendment stands a chance of apssing in the face of Republican and Dem hawk opposition, let alone making it intact through the Senate as well, is a whole different ball of wax.
Read the whole thing.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Posted by Cernig at 3/02/2007 02:48:00 PM