Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to "support the troops."
Why do the Democrats allow this to happen? Because they let the president define what "supporting the troops" means. His definition is brutally misleading. Consider what his policies are doing to the troops.
If the Democrats truly want to succeed in forcing President Bush to begin withdrawing from Iraq, the first step is to redefine "supporting the troops" as withdrawing them, citing the mass of accumulating evidence of the psychological as well as the physical damage that the president is forcing them to endure because he did not raise adequate forces. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress could confirm this evidence and lay the blame for "not supporting the troops" where it really belongs – on the president. And they could rightly claim to the public that they are supporting the troops by cutting off the funds that he uses to keep U.S. forces in Iraq.
Unfortunately, General, the sad truth is most Americans don't give a fuck about the troops. All this is happening 'over there' to 'other people's kids'. If we had a draft, this war would have been over 2 years ago and we'd be talking about President Kerry.
As long as the American people are able to shrug their shoulders and say "well, they volunteered for it", the troops will be the last consideration in ending the war. I would even go so far as to say that if the Democrats didn't see Iraq as their leg up back to power, they would give as much of a shit about the war as the Republicans do.