American People: Congress Should Decide When Iraq Debacle Ends

A new WaPo poll:

Most Americans see President Bush as intransigent on Iraq and prefer that the Democratic-controlled Congress make decisions over a possible withdrawal of U.S. forces, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. . . . [M]ore than six in 10 in the new poll said Congress should have the final say on when to bring the troops home. The president has steadfastly asserted his power as commander-in-chief to make decisions about the war, but his posture is now viewed by majorities of Democrats, independents and even Republicans as too inflexible. Asked whether Bush is willing enough to change policies in Iraq, nearly eight in 10 Americans said no.

I'll say it again - there is one way for Congress to have the finakl say on Iraq - not funding the Debacle after a date certain. If this is explained to the American People, they will support it.


Here is a very interesting finding - they must have polled Tracy this time:

Even among those Americans who said they had served or had a close personal friend or relative who served in Iraq, just 38 percent approve of Bush's handling of the war.

Of course Congress' hapless performance on Iraq has driven down their poll numbers as well:

At the same time, Congress fares little better with the public on the war. Just 35 percent said they approve of the way congressional Democrats are handling the situation in Iraq, with 63 percent disapproving. . . . The approval rating of Congress has declined over the past three months because self-identified Democrats have soured in their assessment.

But the bottom line is this:

But when it comes to judging the president versus congressional Democrats on the issue of Iraq, the public stands with Congress. Fifty-five percent said they trust congressional Democrats on the war, compared with 32 percent who said they trust Bush. (Eleven percent of all Americans and 17 percent of independents said they trust "neither.") And by 2-1, Americans said Congress rather than the president should have the final decision about deciding when to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. Even nearly three in 10 Republicans side with Congress over the president on this question.

It is past time to for Congress to announce a date certain for the end of funding of the Iraq Debacle.

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    IOW, the American people should decide (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 06:10:56 PM EST
    And they have.  To put their decision into action, however, requires that Congres actually act like the representative body it is constitutionally tasked to be.

    I ain't ready to hold my breath on that one yet.