Hey! It’s Another Democratic Plan for Iraq!

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Well, what do you know! The Dems have another plan for Iraq.

House Democratic leaders have coalesced around legislation that would require troops to come home from Iraq within six months if that country’s leaders fail to meet promises to help reduce violence there, party officials said Thursday.

The plan retains some of the Murtha plan — readiness standards for about-to-be-deployed troops and the like, read more here — and hits on some other goals as well.

As of Thursday, the proposal was on track to add an extra $1 billion to step up efforts in Afghanistan. Money also would be added to improve health care for veterans and help wounded active-duty troops, as well as provide relief for hurricane victims.

The legislation also would require Bush to seek congressional approval for any military operations in Iran.

Excuse me if I’m underwhelmed. In the last month alone we’ve seen a bunch of Democratic plans for Iraq go by the wayside because of lack of support or party infighting. I do give the Democrats some credit, however. On the campaign trail in the fall of 2006, Republicans hammered them for criticizing Bush’s plans for Iraq without offering any of their own. Now, in an extremely bumbling fashion, they’re hashing it all out. I just wish someone had done the heavy lifting before the new Congress convened in January, so we wouldn’t have all this back and forth.

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