The war of words

Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:13 p.m.
''It is not in the national interest of the United States to deepen its military involvement in Iraq, particularly by escalating the United States military force presence in Iraq." From a proposed U.S. Senate resolution opposing President Bush's decision to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.
Democrats, and some anti-war Republicans, in Congress can make speeches and pass non-binding resolutions regarding Iraq. But President Bush has aleady made clear his intention as commander in chief to escalate troop involvement there, no matter what congressional critics say. ''If my Democrat colleagues are truly opposed to the mission in Iraq, then as the new majority in Congress they should schedule a serious debate and a vote on cutting off funding for our troops,'' said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Republicans don't think the Democrats have the resolve to do that. We hope they are wrong.

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