A Failure of Leadership

From Holden:

Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) offerred the following amendment to the House defense appropriation (H.AMDT.214 as an amendment to H.R.1815).

“It is the sense of Congress that the president should—

(1) develop a plan as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act to provide for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; and

(2) transmit to the congressional defense committees a report that contains the plan described in paragraph (1).”

Pretty moderate, huh? No demand for an instant pullout, no call for a timetable even. Just a polite request for the president to come up with a plan.

The amendment was voted down Monday by a vote of 128 in favor and 300 opposed. Among the 79 Democrats who voted against this very sensible request were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Stenny Hoyer.

I don’t normally rag on our leadership, but how can they justify this vote? I want an explanation.