I thought the article was interesting because I don’t recall a vote allowing this extension in the House of Commons. Is Harper saving this particular can of worms for fall then? Canadians do not see Afghanistan as a 10-15 year project and polls show we want the troops home by 2009. It seems we are in agreement with the Germans on this issue.
When I heard the Dems voted for the Iraq bill with no timetable my first thought was the US needs a new strong 3rd progressive party because the Dems are not looking much different than the Republicans nowadays. Unfortunately this is not the answer because splitting the progressive vote is never going to win the White House back to progressives.
One small positive note is both Clinton, Obama and most other Dem front runners voted no on the Iraq war funding bill. It’s a good thing because if either had voted yes they would not have had a chance at winning the Democratic nomination process. I guess it helps the Dems save some face (but not much).
This bill should never have been approved without a timetable. To try to separate money and war (e.g withdrawing funds will hurt the troops versus keeping them in Iraq will kill the troops) is not possible (h/t Carson’s Post). How is continuing to fund an illegal war supporting the troops?