The Democrats in Congress have refused to grant President Bush all the money he wants to continue funding the war in Iraq, instead approving payment by instalments, subject to progress reports. In effect the new law grants funds until July, after which fresh funds will have to be voted either to pay for the war, or to bring American forces home.
Some Republicans fearful of their re-election hopes are also signalling that enough is enough, and that if there is no good news soon they will revolt and vote with Democrats to end the war.
Money matters, because Bush cannot pay for the armed forces if congressional approval is withheld without resorting to unconstitutional methods. It is also very hard to see how the methods used by Oliver North under Ronald Reagan to fund the Contras in Nicaragua, a little war in America’s backyard, could possibly find the billions needed for Iraq.