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Don't Tell Feingold!

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Under the new compromise Iraq resolution, the Senate would specifically resolve not to cut off funding for U.S. troops.

Update: A Feingold ally protests my above formulation. Here's an excerpt from the senator's own characterization:

I want everyone to be clear on exactly what my proposal will do. The first and most important thing to know is that my plan does not cut funding for the troops. Our troops will continue to receive the salaries, equipment, training and protection they need. What I am proposing is ending funds for the continued deployment of U.S. forces in Iraq six months after the enactment of the bill. This will require the President to safely redeploy troops from Iraq by that date. My bill does provide exceptions to allow for specific types of military missions within Iraq past the six-month deadline, such as targeted counter-terrorism efforts, the protection of American personnel and infrastructure, and a limited number of troops needed to help train Iraqi security forces. But these will be limited forces used for specific missions.
Suggestions that our troops will be left in the lurch couldn't be further from the truth. My proposal would bring the troops out of harm's way.

Sure. Although many Democrats would argue the risk is that Republicans--and possibly the public--will fail to make such distinctions.

--Michael Crowley

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