Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), whose office is flanked with photos of America's fallen in the war on terror, has co-sponsored a resolution designed to do precisely what his colleagues on the Hill decline to do -- wrest the initiative from the administration on Iraq policy. The fanfare in the press over this resolution, and what it might signify, is characterized by a crossing of fingers and biting of lips as anxiously enthusiastic as the GOP's reaction is languorous.
Anxiety? "I'm just not seeing it," says a senior Hill staffer. Enthusiasm? Hardly. "What is he asking for? Pick a date on the calendar? Throw a dart?" The rhetorical dart-throwing is not with plastic-tippers. The signal a timetable for Iraq withdrawal would send, as far as the House is concerned, "is that America is in retreat, out of its front lines."
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