Okay, so this is the situation regarding the Iraq War: A majority of the American public wants a timetable for U.S. withdrawal; a majority of the Congress wants a timetable for American withdrawal; and now the Washington Post is reporting that a majority of the Iraqi Parliment has signed a draft bill that would require a timetable for American withdrawal. This is the first two paragraphs of the Washington Post story:
A majority of members of Iraq's parliament have signed a draft bill that would require a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Iraq and freeze current troop levels. The development was a sign of a growing division between Iraq's legislators and prime minister that mirrors the widening gulf between the Bush administration and its critics in Congress.
The draft bill proposes a timeline for a gradual departure, much like what some U.S. Democratic lawmakers have demanded, and would require the Iraqi government to secure parliament's approval before any further extensions of the U.N. mandate for foreign troops in Iraq, which expires at the end of 2007.
Now this is the irony of the situation: Bubble-Boy, aka our President, keeps telling the American public and the world that we are working to establish a democracy in Iraq. He bragged about the elections in Iraq. He claims to respect Iraq's emerging democratic institutions. Yet when the elected representatives of the Iraqi people come out in favor of a timetable, and when the elected representatives of the American people come out in favor of a timetable, Bush acts like they are traitors and his surrogates accuse them of caving in to terrorism.
So what example of democracy is Bush sending to the Iraqis and to the rest of the world?
You can read the Washington Post article by clicking on the link in this entry's title.