This week, House Democrats gathered up the votes to confront President Bush with a deadline on pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The timeline is part of an Iraq funding bill that barely passed the House by a vote of 218-212. Thomas E. Mann talks with NPR’s All Things Considered about how Democrats managed the narrow win and what it could mean for the future of the Iraq War.
My biggest concern is that Washington is signaling to Russia that it’s OK to meddle in the politics of sovereign nations which are your neighbors. Meddling is going on from Paris to Ukraine, from east to west and north to south, within Europe and at its borders, and always with the intent of undermining the credibility and effectiveness of democratic institutions. And it is being either denied or downplayed.