In an effort to challenge President Bush, Senate Democrats are in the process of drafting legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, thus revoking the broad authority Congress granted in 2002. The plan is to add the measure to anti-terrorism legislation that scheduled to be on the Senate floor next week and the week following. As of right now, the exact wording of the measure remains unknown, but at least one draft would restrict American troops in Iraq to combating al-Qaida, training Iraqi army and police forces, maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity and otherwise proceeding with the withdrawal of combat forces.

According to an AP story, several Democratic officials’ familiar with goings on behind closed doors, and of course speaking on condition of anonymity, are saying rank-and- file senators have not yet been briefed on the effort. They added, though, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to present the proposal to fellow Democrats early next week for their consideration. This idea to try to limit the military mission is just another asinine effort by Reid, and other anti-Bush politicians, to launch their so called “multistep effort? designed to force an end to the U.S.’s involvement in Iraq.

Meanwhile, over in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and company are planning to challenge to Bush’s war policies with legislation that would require the Pentagon to adhere to strict training and readiness standards in the case of military personnel bound for war zones. John Murtha, the mastermind behind the idea, has said it would effectively deny Bush the ability to proceed with the troop buildup that has been partially implemented since being announced in January.

Some Senate Democrats have been privately critical of that approach, firstly because the whole idea is so ridiculous it would have no real chance of passing, but most importantly, it would deny reinforcements to troops already in the war zone. Over the years John Murtha has dreamed up many a scheme, but the “slow bleed? approach to forcing a troop withdraw in Iraq is by far the most despicable plan to ever pass through that empty spot between his ears.

Murtha on “Slow Bleed” of Troops