Thursday, June 22, 2006

AP: Masters of the 'nuanced' lead-in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled Senate Thursday rejected Democratic calls to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end, as the two parties sought to define their election-year positions on a war that has grown increasingly unpopular…
Reading the Associated Press’ opening paragraph, the reader is led to believe that the dastardly Senate Republicans (all 55 of them) hammered through the rejection. But two paragraphs later we learn:
In an 86-13 vote, the Senate turned back a proposal from some Democrats that would require the administration to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by July 1, 2007, with redeployments beginning this year. No Republicans voted in favor of the plan.

The amendment that would have established a withdrawal timetable was offered by Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts; Russ Fiengold, D-Wisconsin; Barbara Boxer, D-California; and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont… [Ed. – The cream of the Senate’s crop]

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