Feingold Introduces Resolution for Iraq Withdrawal
by Chris Bowers, Mon Jun 13, 2005 at 03:37:39 PM EDT
"All in all, do you think it was worth going to war in Iraq, or not?"
Worth It Not Worth It 42 56ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS
"All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?"
Worth It Not Worth It 41 58NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 12-16, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).
"When it comes to the war in Iraq, do you think that removing Saddam Hussein from power was or was not worth the number of U.S. military casualties and the financial cost of the war?"
Worth It Not Worth It 40 51Note that this is not the same question as whether or not the U.S. "did the right thing" to go to war. These three very similar questions simply ask people whether they think the war was worth it. With "worth it" hitting 40, 41 and 42 in the three polls, In each case, the response was the same, resounding. This is despite Gallup's sample being weighted slightly in favor of Republicans.
The country does not like the war, and they want to start withdrawing troops. While Americans understandably are frustrated that most congress critters fail to address this fundamental concern to the nation, they should feel a little better that at least one of their representatives in Washington is listening:U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he will introduce a resolution in the Senate tomorrow calling on the administration to report to Congress on a timeframe for achieving its military goals in Iraq and withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. The resolution calls on the President to identify the specific missions that the U.S. military is being asked to accomplish in Iraq, as well as the timeframe in which those missions can be successfully achieved. Most critically, Feingold's resolution calls on the President and his administration to report to Congress with a plan and timetable for the subsequent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Feingold was in Iraq with four of his Senate colleagues in February. He has long called on the administration to level with the American people regarding the nature and length of the U.S. military commitment to Iraq.
Feingold issued the following statement on his resolution today:
"While I was in Iraq in February, I was able to witness firsthand the truly amazing resolve all of our troops in Iraq - I cannot describe how very proud I am of all of those who serve. It is with that trip and those soldiers in mind that I will introduce a resolution tomorrow that calls on the President to clarify the objectives and timeframe of the current U.S. mission in Iraq, including a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. And I will work with my colleagues to hold the Administration accountable for meeting our goals and achieving clear standards of success.
We owe our brave servicemen and women a concrete timetable for achieving clear goals, not vague, open-ended commitments. Having a timetable for the transfer of sovereignty and having a timetable for Iraqi elections have resulted in real political and strategic advantages. Having a timetable for the withdrawal of troops should be no different."This is both the right thing to do, and an eminently moderate approach. All he is asking for is a timetable. It will be interesting to watch this resolution in the Senate, just as it was interesting to analyze the first vote on withdrawal in House. Hopefully in the Senate will be be closer than we were in the House, but I'm not holding my breath.
We all have our favorites in Congress, and Feingold is mine, despite our struggles with campaign finance reform. For more from Feingold, check out his new Progressive Patriots website.