"President" Murtha to give Iraqis 80 days Posted by: McQ
on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I guess if you can go around the world in 80 days, we should be able to successfully complete a war:
Murtha will propose initially giving Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki 80 days to "fulfill the promises" he made to the Bush Administration, Moran said. Namely, there must be fair sharing of Iraq's oil revenue between the three main ethnic groups, the Iraqi constitution must be approved, and there must be "sufficient security" in Baghdad.
Murtha's plan calls for redeploying U.S. troops during the subsequence six months after the 80 days expires if the Malaki government does not meet those benchmarks.
Of course, never mind the fact that many of al-Maliki's promises were to be completed after the 80 day time limit. Never mind that most people who've studied this situation feel it should be given at least 6 months. "President" Murtha is adamant about his arbitrary dead line (I'd love to have heard his reasoning for that particular number). Or it's off to Okinawa we go. And, of course, "sufficient security" in Baghdad will be defined by the new Prez, not reality.
Murtha also plans to include a presidential waiver in the supplemental appropriations bill, which would afford President Bush the prerogative to come back to Congress to ask for a waiver on the different restrictions proposed by Murtha.
Murtha included the waiver in hopes his plan will appeal to moderate Democrats and some Republicans — despite an 80 day deadline for al-Malaki that many may object with.
But the inclusion of a presidential waiver may make the plan a tough sell among Democrats — of whom there are about 75 — who are in favor of withdrawal from the war torn country as soon as possible.
Yeah, that's the crew that called a news conference to which no one came. But hey, if they're against it, I'm most likely for them in this particular case. Heh ...
Murtha's plan will not be introduced as an amendment to the Iraq supplemental bill but will rather be written into the bill itself.