From my local elected representative:
Democrats in Congress are once again attempting to take on the role of Commander in Chief and make the irrational decision to pull out of Iraq without any sort of post-pull out strategy.
This implies that the Republicans made a rational decision to a) invade, b) occupy, c) de-Baathify, d) disband the Iraqi military, e) Everything Else. You can’t bitch about your opponent being irrational if you have no rational response. By the way, why does nobody in the media seem to bring up the 1993 Congressional vote to defund and withdraw from Somalia, as a comparison? We forget even recent history, it seems. The Republicans want to portray the desire to get the heck out of Iraq as something unprecedented, when it is actually very precedented. For that matter, why has Congress completely abdicated its responsibility for declaring war? We haven’t had an actual declared war since 1945, yet we’ve been shooting at other people almost every day since then. Separation of powers? That Constitution sure is a pesky thing.