Snuck away from my work computer and couldn't resist this one....
After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home.
In recognition of hard political reality, the groups instead will lower their sights and push for legislation to prevent President Bush from entering into a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could keep significant numbers of troops in Iraq for years to come.
The groups believe this switch in strategy can draw contrasts with Republicans that will help Democrats gain ground in November and bring the votes to pass more dramatic measures. But it is a long way from the early months of 2007, when Democrats were freshly in power and momentum for a dramatic shift in Iraq policy seemed overpowering.
“There was a consensus that last year was not productive,” John Isaacs, executive director of Council for a Livable World, said of a meeting attended by a coalition of anti-war groups last week. “Our expectations were dashed.”
The meeting, held at an office on K Street, was attended by around 20 representatives of influential anti-war groups, including MoveOn.org and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, which spent $12 million last year opposing the war.
OMG - this is RICH! The anti-war groups have to admit that the surge is working and their efforts have failed. All the years of working for a failure have turned around and bit them in the ass - turns out the only failure is them. The wails and sounds of clothes rending are echoing around the world. It's a Quagmire of epic proportions.
I can't imagine how it must feel to invest so much time, energy and money into something that turned out to be an abject failure. I'm buying shares in the anti-depressant pharmaceutical companies right now - after I pick myself up off the floor from my fit of hysterical laughing...