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10.17.2003

Partisan sniping at its finest 

The Senate has decided to saddle Iraq with $10 billion in loans. Specifically, they voted to amend Bush's aid package to Iraq by converting $10 billion of what was to be $20 billion in grant money into a loan. All of the Democrats save four voted for the amendment. Eight Republicans defied Bush and voted for it as well. Absolutely terrible. As countless other voices in the blogosphere have noted, these loans will only succeed in convincing other Arab countries that we're in Iraq to plunder their oil revenues and in making it harder to convince Germany, Russia and France to forgive Iraq's odious debts incurred under Saddam Hussein.

For those of you keeping score, Senators Edwards and Kerry voted for the loans, while Lieberman abstained. In the House, Kucinich voted no while Gephardt abstained.

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