- May 5, 2010
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- Political Leaning
The U.S. Senate approved a $60 billion war-funding bill last night as the conflict in Afghanistan has exceeded the Iraq war in annual cost and number of troops.
The vote came after lawmakers rejected a proposal to require President Barack Obama to submit a non-binding report outlining when he plans to end U.S. involvement in the almost nine-year-old Afghan conflict.
While some Democrats continued to call for a time line, the vote on that issue was opposed 80-18, so clearly it was not very popular.
What I find interesting is the blatant flop-flopping from certain Senators, especially Senator Levin (D-Michigan). Take a look at what he had to say about the time line.
Interestingly enough, Senator Levin actually proposed a withdrawal time line for Iraq. He argued that his amendment did not establish a "timetable" for withdrawal, but would signal to the Iraqis that the U.S. deployment is not open-ended.
Others like Senator Jack Reed of Rhodes Island (who also voted against a time line, after proposing one with Levin for Iraq), commented during the debate over a Bush time line
I guess these Senators think it is only time for the "President to step up" when that President is a Republican, and apparently for both Senators, a time line is only important when a Republican is President.
The hypocrisy is astounding.