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Democrats may have taken to their congressional mattresses, but it was the Republicans who proved they can stay up all night (“Senate rejects Iraq pullout,” Page 1, Thursday).

I’m no genius, but the math seems clear to me: In order to get the minimum 60 votes, Republican senators, not their Democratic counterparts, will have to convince their political cronies that the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq (a) is in America’s best interest and (b) won’t leave Iraq in a state of chaos. If they successfully argue those points, the Senate should vote again on the resolution. If not, it is time to put this issue to rest for now. September will be here soon enough. I suspect that’s when the next all-nighter will take place.


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