"Out Now" has a new meaning and timetable. It now means December 2008,a whole year away in which a whole lot can happen. This sounds like one more maneuver in a war of posturing.
The News: Three Anti-war Democrats said they now back a $50 billion bill that funds the war but calls for most troops to come home by December 2008. Their support paves the way for the bill's passage Wednesday. The trio, California Reps. Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters, represent a liberal anti-war caucus that last week expressed opposition to the measure.
Here's a statement by Woolsey and Lee:
We know that most of you are disappointed that the end date of having our troops out by December 2008 included in the bill is a goal and not a requirement. So are we.
But let's be clear about what this bill accomplishes-this is the first time that this Congress has put forth a bill that ties funding to the responsible redeployment of our troops, and it also includes language mandating a start date for the President to begin the redeployment of our brave men and women. The bill also incorporates the principles put forth in H.R. 508, and provides for a regional stability plan which includes diplomatic, political, and economic strategies.
And most importantly, this is a concrete step in the right direction, and an important marker for this Congress to lay down.