Iraq funding compromise has no timetable

Here’s how some of the national media are playing it:

Johanna Neuman, for the Los Angeles Times: “Democrats today dropped demands for timetables for withdrawal from Iraq and handed President Bush a rare victory in the skirmish over a $100-billion emergency war funding bill.”

Shailagh Murray, for the Washington Post: “In the end, Republicans had the ticking clock of troop funding and the presidential veto pen on their side, and Democrats were forced to blink.”

Carl Hulse, for the New York Times: “The decision to back down, described by senior lawmakers and aides, was a wrenching reversal for some Democrats, who saw their election triumph as a call to force an end to the war.”

Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell, for Reuters: “That will be a disappointment for some Democrats who say they won control of Congress last November largely because voters wanted to see an end to the 4-year-old war in Iraq. But it was welcome news for Republican leaders who have argued Congress should not be ‘micro-managing’ the war.”

David Espo, for the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune: “Republicans said that after weeks of struggle, they had forced Democrats to give up their demand for a date to withdraw the troops.”

CNN: “Legislative aides said Democrats expect that they will lose support of liberal members of their caucus who are holding out for language that would assure a troop withdrawal, but they also expect enough Republicans to support the bill to assure passage.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Val

    Josh, I suggest you check out Edward Epstein’s article over on the SF Chron site. I sure hope this is not so much a victory for Bush as a strategic retreat for the democrats who are consolidating their position while gathering REPUBLICAN FORCES for another push to set timetables for withdrawal after the current funding period in September expires. In Epstein’s article Pelosi stated she might not vote for this bill although I tend to believe she will. How many democrats actually do will depend totally on how much what Epstein calls the “anti-war base of the Democratic Party” lobbies.