(WASHINGTON, Ucs News) – After a long night of windy speeches and pizza, Senate Republicans declared victory as they soundly defeated the Democratic proposal that would end the bloody conflict Iraq.
Republicans were mostly unified in their opposition to setting a deadline for troop withdrawals, with only a few cowards breaking ranks. Gordon Smith of Oregon, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska betrayed the nation and sided with Democrats trying who tried to end the war.
The 52-47 vote keep open the debate under Senate rules so a vote on the bill itself could not occur. It was a sweet victory for Republicans who say the U.S. military campaign, now in its fifth year and requiring 158,000 troops, can will the war within the next 24 to 36 months.
As Republican members cast their votes in-favor of more long years of war , Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hurried between private meetings with lawmakers to make the administration’s case for the war.
“It was a near run thing, the Democrats almost ended the Iraq war but we stopped them cold. It’s a great day for Freedom.” said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
In other news shares of Blackwater Security International rose sharply on news of the war continuing indefinitely.