The Senate just followed the lead of the House of Representatives by passing legislation funding the war in Iraq, but would also set up a series of goals that much be reached on schedule. The vote was 51-46, which was almost the same vote breakdown that the legislation received when the Senate first voted on it a few weeks ago. The bill now goes to the President where the first major battle of this Congress is expected to continue.
The vote was largely along party lines, with only a few people crossing the aisle. Joe Lieberman, who was once a Democrat, and now is just kind of a bitch spoke during the debate, saying the was funding bill was "a strategy based on catchphrases..." Maybe it's just me but I can't name a single catchphrase that the Democratic majority in Congress has come up with regarding the war in Iraq, unless you count "Let's do what's best for our troops." It's not very catchy, and it's not even a phrase. Meanwhile I recall several notable catchphrases from the Bush administration and the Republican minority, such as "Cut and Run" "Last throes" "Turning the corner" "Smoking Gun to be the mushroom cloud" all of which are catchy, and phrase-y. And how could I forget the phrase that's been heard coming from Republicans around the Capitol lately "We fucked up."
Even if the President does veto this legislation this is still a huge victory in the fight to end the Iraq War. We now know that the majority of Americans and the majority of those in Congress want this unjust war to end, and to pull our troops out of the middle of a civil war. This war is ending whether Mr. Bush wants it to or not.