The GOP-controlled chamber will vote Tuesday on a pair of proposals -- one Republican and one Democratic -- that tell President Bush what the Senate believes the U.S. diplomatic and military policy on Iraq should be.
Whichever proposal prevails will be added to a defense bill the Senate is hoping to complete work on as early as Tuesday. (. . .)
The major difference between the two versions is that the Democratic proposal calls for the president to outline a "campaign plan with estimated dates for the phased redeployment" of U.S. troops.
Republicans largely adopted the Democratic proposal as their own, but omitted that one paragraph calling for the president to offer a plan for a phased withdrawal of the roughly 160,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq. The administration has refused to set a timetable for withdrawal, saying insurgents simply would wait to strike until after U.S. forces departed.In short, the GOP is breaking ranks with the White House on Iraq. But not to the point where they'll risk besmirching the party name. Talk about moral bankruptcy. They'd rather let more troops die than do the right thing.