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Mort Kondracke Claims Oversight Equals Withdraw and Will Undermine the President

Reported by Janie - January 10, 2007 -

After Senator Ted Kennedy announced yesterday he is introducing a bill that would require the approval of Congress before President Bush can escalate the war in Iraq (aka, "oversight"), supposed "moderate" pundit Mort Kondracke attacked the stance, referring to it, oddly, as "immediate withdraw" and claiming it undermines the President.

During "Special Report" last night (1/9) the "All Star Panel" tackled Senator Ted Kennedy's announcement that he would be introducing legislation that would require Congressional approval before President Bush can escalate the war in Iraq. According to a summary of the bill from the Senator's office (via ThinkProgress):

"The legislation requires the Congress to vote before the President escalates troop levels in Iraq.

The legislation claims the people’s right to a full voice in the President’s plan to send more troops into the Iraq civil war. It says that no funds can be spent to send additional troops to Iraq unless Congress approves the President’s proposed escalation of American forces.

The Iraq War Resolution of 2002 authorized a war against the regime of Saddam Hussein because he was believed to have weapons of mass destruction and an operational relationship with Al Qaeda, and was in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.

The mission of our armed forces today in Iraq no longer bears any resemblance to the mission authorized by Congress.

Iraq has descended into civil war and sectarian violence continues to escalate. …

President Bush should not be permitted to increase the number of United States troops in harm’s way in the civil war without a specific new authorization from Congress."

But this was ignored on "Special Report", and Kondracke was allowed to make this asinine summary:

MK: "There will be a division like there was last year, between the moderates and the left on immediate withdraw which is what this amounts to. It's a stronger step than what Harry Reid is proposing. A sense of the Senate Resolution, which I guess is going to be introduced next week.

In either case, if one of these were to pass, it seems to me it does damage anyway. I mean, it undermines the President. It tells the Iraqis and our troops in Iraq how weak the President is in the United States, just at a time he wants to go for a big victory. I think it will do damage either way if it passes."

No Mort, what this does is allow the American people a voice in the government they elected, and provides OVERSIGHT to an administration that doesn't seem to understand the concept. For a political pundit, Kondracke sure can't grasp the meaning of "checks and balances."

What also was not mentioned during the segment was that not only do many of the Democrats not support the escalation, but the majority of Americans (and troops on the ground) are not in favor of escalation, as a USA Today/Gallup poll showed just yesterday.

According to the poll, only 36% of Americans favor the "surge", while a majority of 61% do not favor it. I guess the will of the people also undermines the president, Mort?