WaPo reported Senate Democrats reacted angrily yesterday to a report that the U.S. commander in Iraq had privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week they came under attack by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawal.
The difference is that the General's plan is what he hopes to do if everything goes well, but like all military plans, it is subject to revision should events on the ground change. The Democrats wanted to establish a timetable so they could complain if events forced it not to be followed. The difference is the General wants to win the war; the Democrats want to be able to claim that it is unwinnable, and a failure on the part of the Bush Administration.Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that the plan attributed to Gen. George W. Casey resembles the thinking of many Democrats who voted for a nonbinding resolution to begin a troop drawdown in December. That resolution was defeated Thursday on a largely party-line vote in the Senate.