Last night on the Lehrer Newshour, panelists were discussing the confrontation between Congress and Bush over war funding/timetables. Judy Woodruff asked the question, what happens if they don't reach an agreement, particularly to the troops stuck in Iraq? No one on the panel really answered her citing that it's unprecedented.
I just wanted to comment that in any and all negotiations with Bush, Congressional Dems must keep in mind that Bush will not compromise and won't back down. He'll take himself, the Republican party and the country right over the cliff in his attempts to prove his manhood and resolve. He's pugilistic to the max, meaning that Dems had better have a plan for what their strategy will be after a veto, and with Bush willing to allow funding to lapse for the war.
The Pentagon can keep the war going for some time without official funding. But the P.R. campaign by the administration of a lack of funding will be enormous and viewed by Rove as an opportunity to slam the Democrats. The Dems need to prepare for this eventuality rather than running on conventional wisdom that reason will intervene and that Bush will ultimately negotiate.