Some of us want out today (yesterday would have been better - but three years ago would have been better still -- and best of all would have been not to invade Iraq at all).
Some of us want to set a date -- a time soon and certain -- to leave Iraq to the Iraqis.
Some of us - no matter how pointless and immoral the war may be - want to stay the course, or prefer for political reasons to oppose an announced date for the withdrawal of troops.
These are ideas worthy of debate -- it is no shame that Democrats have been wrestling with these ideas.
In contrast, Republicans have rallied to the President - staunchly standing by his side in his commitment to leave this mess to the next President to sort out. One idea - stay the course - is the full extent of the GOP policy discussion.
To the average American, this clearness of purpose is very attractive. If the Democrats cannot agree on a clear alternative, Joe Sixpack will be happy to stay the course - at least that is the reasoning behind the GOP maneuvering in Congress today. They may be right -- even though 70% of Americans agree that the war is a mistake, the GOP may be able to sway some voters to stand with them as they continue this war ad infinitum, ad absurdum, ad nauseum...
Personally, I am happy to be a Democrat -- a party frequently accused of having no ideas (when it is in fact quite clear they have too many) by people who cling to one badly discredited idea (and its badly discredited father).
The GOP have allotted 10 hours for the Iraq War "debate" to be followed by a quick vote -- if they had any intention of considering other ideas 10 hours would not be one tenth the time needed to do the subject justice.
Just 10 hours -- it really is an insult to 2,500 dead, thousands of injured, and many more who have or will serve in Iraq.
If a stunt like this one earns the GOP any political benefit, it will be a disgrace. It is time to throw these bums out.
Compared to the mindless obstinacy, incompetence and corruption of the GOP, any Democrat and any war policy will be better than more of the same.
It is time for a change.