The battle in Washington between the President and Congress is hotting up over voting money for the war in Iraq. Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid indicated on Thursday that good money may not be thrown after bad in a doomed bid to turn the situation around:“I believe myself that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, and you have to make your own decision on what the president knows, that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.”
President Bush has asked for a further 100 billion dollars to pay for Iraq and Afghanistan, but the day after a meeting in the White House to get approval failed, he was campaigning for the increase in front of the public in Ohio. He refuses to link a withdrawal timetable with new money, something he says would offer America’s enemies “surrender dates”.
Last year Bush decided to increase troops in Iraq in a “surge” to restore security. It has not worked. The Wednesday attack which killed nearly 200 was the bloodiest single incident in the four years of conflict, undermining claims the war is being won.