The political battle inside-the-Beltway over the Iraq War continues. Last week, a Republican filibuster succeeded in blocking a resolution to oppose President George Bush's troop build-up in Baghdad. Now Democrats in the Senate, led by Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joseph Biden, are suggesting a second tactic: to rescind the 2002 resolution that authorized the President to go to war in the first place. Biden's plan was Story of the Day and the lead item on CBS.

CBS' Jim Axelrod reminded us that Bush was sent to war by Congress "primarily to confront Saddam Hussein and to dismantle his weapons of mass destruction program." Biden told him: "That mission is finished. Done"--he did not add "accomplished." Biden's new authorization would confine the US military role to attacking terrorists and training soldiers. Would it pass? NBC's David Gregory found "no evidence that it will overcome Republican opposition." So that would make it just another Biden talking point.

ABC's Jonathan Karl is traveling round the Pacific Rim with Dick Cheney. For the second time in three days, Karl snared an Exclusive with the Vice President. Wednesday (subscription required), Cheney said he welcomed the British troop pullout from Iraq. Now, the Veep returned to the theme of the Global War on Terrorism. He explained that the United States should not follow Britain's lead because that would undermine the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We do not get to quit just because it is tough…al-Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can undermine our will. That is their fundamental underlying strategy."

Preparing for his Sunday show This Week, ABC's George Stephanopoulos (no link) asked former President Jimmy Carter to respond to Cheney's worldview: "His batting average is abysmally low. He has not been right on hardly anything." To call for a change in policy in Iraq is "obviously not playing into the hands of al-Qaeda." CBS' Lara Logan was also preparing for Sunday. On 60 Minutes she will profile the Appeal for Redress petition protest, a 1,000-strong group of active duty military organizing a troops out movement.


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