It's that simple. Al Qaeda has successfully intimidated us into surrendering. No matter that far fewer soldiers have died in this war than for any war of similar duration in the past. No matter that the Iraqis themselves don't want us to leave. Nope, none of that matters. For Pelosi and Reid, all that matters is power. They use one simple formula: Biased media + disingenuous politicking + hatred for Bush = keep Democrats in power.
Congress just surrendered to the enemy. See, that's what happens in war. You fight with and wear down your enemy until someone gives up (in this case, us). The one who stays declares victory. Radical Islamic fascism has defeated our benevolent and "corruption-free" Congress. Yay for progressives!
Remember when Chamberlain did this back in 1938? I mean, if appeasement worked then... oh wait.
It's also interesting to note that the democrats, in a flagrant display of hypocrisy, did the following to get the bill through (according to CQ):
As minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded in 2004 that the House obey rules requiring that members be given a minimum of three days to read legislation “to prevent . . . hasty and dangerous decision-making.”
But now that she’s running things as Speaker, that rule was pushed aside — at least for the Iraq supplemental (HR 1591 — H Rept 110-107).
“That is concerning,” said Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has pushed in the past for more time so lawmakers can decipher the fine print in legislation. Still, Flake and his GOP colleagues didn’t put up much of a fight this time, since they want the bill sent to President Bush quickly so he can veto it and the process can start all over again.
House rules state that bills must be available to members for three calendar days (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to floor consideration. But the Rules Committee, which essentially operates as an arm of the Speaker’s office, blocked members from raising any points of order against the conference report.