Critics of President George Bush were foiled when they tried to push through
an anti-war motion in the US Senate.
The 56-34 vote yesterday on the measure to repudiate Bush's deployment of
21,500 additional combat troops in Iraq fell four short of the 60 needed to
advance a nonbinding measure identical to one the House of Representatives
passed on Friday.
Democrats swiftly claimed victory anyway.
"A majority of the United States Senate is against the escalation in Iraq,
said Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. ``As for the Republicans who chose
once again to block further debate and protect President Bush, the American
people now know they support the escalation'' in troops."
Republicans blasted the Democratic leadership for refusing to allow a vote on
an alternative that ruled out any reduction in money for troops in the field.
"There is no place for chicanery at a time of war," said Senate Republican
leader Mitch McConnell. "Even some of the president's most strident opponents
know that. They know that the only vote that truly matters is a vote on whether
to fund the troops."