The US Congress inaction

Iraq resolution passes House
Senate to consider similar measure Saturday

“Inaction” is not a typo:

The developments in the House marked the first vote of the new Congress on the war. Roughly 400 of 434 lawmakers spoke during four days of a dignified debate – an unusual amount of time devoted to a single measure.

Particularly a single non-binding measure. Eventually, maybe they’ll manage to work themselves up to a legitimate “United Nations condemnation”-type inaction.

“The stakes in Iraq are too high to recycle proposals that have little prospect for success,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leader of Democrats who gained power last fall in elections framed by public opposition to the war.

“The passage of this legislation will signal a change in direction in Iraq that will end the fighting and bring our troops home,” she vowed.

The Speaker of the House isn’t paying attention. The plan is already working. But have no fear, Congress is on a mission to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory:

Democrats have made clear in recent days they will use Bush’s spending request to impose certain standards of readiness, training and rest for the troops.

“That stops the surge (in troops) for all intents and purposes, because … they cannot sustain the deployment,” Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said recently.

But he supports the troops.

With friends like the US Congress, who needs enemas?

UPDATE: Confederate Yankee has photographic evidence of Pelosi’s “change in direction”.