Congress Votes for a Timeline in Iraq

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After House approval last night, the Senate today passed the Iraq spending bill that President Bush has promised to veto.  Meantime, today's poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows 56% to 37% public support for the withdrawal timetables the President will be rejecting.  In a White House effort to sway votes against the bill, the top commander, in Iraq gave closed-door briefings to both the House and the Senate.  Today General David Petraeus told reporters the "surge" is making progress.  What happens next, when the White House and Congress finally start working toward compromise? Is the "surge" working?  Is the war already "lost" from a military standpoint or is victory still possible?  How important is public opinion?




Warren Olney