The Senate just caved in,” he said. “That’s not what the Senate was intended to be and to do.”
Lawmakers are now confronting the consequences of having months ago authorized Bush to use military force against Iraq. They may now have qualms, but with hundreds of thousands of troops already massed in the Persian Gulf, they have little power to change Bush’s course. “Congress by that vote relegated itself to the sidelines and handed [the decision about going to war] lock, stock and barrel to the president,” Byrd said.
The L.A. Times on how congress caved in to the President.