“The stakes in Iraq are too high to recycle proposals that have little prospect for success,? said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leader of Democrats who gained power last fall in elections framed by public opposition to the war. “The passage of this legislation will signal a change in direction in Iraq that will end the fighting and bring our troops home,? she vowed after the vote, in which 17 Republicans joined 229 Democrats in a wartime rebuke to the president.

Maybe the headline should have read, “246 gutless wonders vote in favor of covering their arses at the expense of our service men and women stationed in Iraq?!

While the Democrats are busy patting themselves on the back tonight, the rest of us are asking ourselves why the Democrats don’t have the courage to simply take an up or down vote on the war funding issue.

As near as I can figure, the Democrats plan to use this nonbinding resolution to keep the anti-war crowd in their hip pocket, while doing all they can do to minimize any progress being made in Iraq until after the ’08 elections. After all, the Democratic presidential candidates are all busily pimping their plans to pull out of Iraq. It would be a shame if things in Iraq started looking up while the Republicans are still in charge.

The Madame Speaker is right about the passage of this resolution signaling a change in direction in Iraq, but unfortunately, it’s a change for the worst. I’m sure that the insurgents are as thrilled about this resolution passing as Nancy Pelosi was. For them, today’s vote amounted to a congressional seal of approval. The 246 members of congress that voted in favor of this resolution may as well have flown to Baghdad to help the enemy plant IED’s.