Congressional Democrats who want to stop the war hail the vote
as a victory. But President Bush denounces it as ``political
theater.'' He's promising to veto the bill if it reaches his desk,
even though it includes more than 100 (b) billion dollars for the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's money the Pentagon says isbadly needed.
The Senate begins debate Monday on a version of the bill thatwould set a target date for a pullout.
Senate Democrats would have to persuade about a dozen
Republicans to join them in order to secure the 60 votes needed to
survive a filibuster.
Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman say they plan to try to strip the withdrawal language from the Senate war-funding bill.