Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Amending the Supplemental

The full Senate took up amendments to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 4939) today.

Pending are amendments that Senator Biden has crafted on Darfur (finance the AU mission and any transition to a UN force) and Iraq. The latter says:
"It is the sense of Congress that
* the United States should not establish permanent military bases in Iraq;
* the United States should not exercise control over Iraq's natural resources."

The Iraq amendments come none too soon as some members seem to be considering leaving 20,000-30,000 U.S. troops "over the horizon" --in Kurdish-dominated northern Iraq. That not only isn't over the horizon, it opens the door and windows to civil war and the disintegration of Iraq as a single nation.

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