"Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that
(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and
(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on Jan. 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.
This is the written text of the legislation your Congress will vote on today, in the House and an attempt of a vote for cloture in the Senate will be offered up. The vote in the House will happen sometime today. It will pass. The vote in the Senate, a rare Saturday vote, will not happen. It's a technical vote and the senators running for the presidency are not happy about interrupting weekend fundraising and working on the most important issue of our day, but there you go. The problem in the Senate is that the majority is not allowing the minority to present a resolution of their choosing to be put to a vote. As the Senate is so closely divided along party lines, nothing can be accomplished without strong bi-partisan support.
Good for Senator McConnell, the Minority Leader, for holding a strong opposition to the tactics of Senator Reid and his minions.
From the Wall Street Journal: "As for how "the troops" themselves feel, we refer readers to Richard Engel's recent story on NBC News quoting Specialist Tyler Johnson in Iraq; "People are dying here. You know what I'm saying...You may [say] 'oh we support the troops.' So you're not supporting what they do. What they's (sic) here to sweat for, what we bleed for and we die for." Added another soldier: "If they don't think we're doing a good job, everything we've done here is all in vain." In other word, the troops themselves realize that the first part of the resolution is empty posturing, while the second is deeply immoral."
If you are a Republican voter, I strongly recommend you search the vote tally when the vote is taken. If your representative is in the 'yes' column to the passage of the resolution of defeatism, do whatever you can to insure your rep doesn't return to Congress in 2008. Let your voice be heard.
The white flag Republicans will be stopped.
If you are an informed, serious voter, note how this vote came about. Note how the majority didn't allow the minority to introduce amendments for a vote.
I direct you to a brand new website, begun only 4 days ago. It is www.victorycaucus.com and it is an offshoot of the petition online that I posted about when this whole non-binding resolution crap began. I invite you to read what is written there. If you agree, Join them.
Make no mistake about it, this resolution is the beginning of the end, as the Dems proudly proclaim. And, yes, it is an exercise in immorality. Why else would Congress so strongly support a new leader heading up the President's strategy in Iraq, Gen. Petraeus, and then vote to make his success impossible? Why else would the Congress jerk the rug out from under those who have volunteered to fight for our freedoms? This is how you support the troops?
Murtha did a radio interview as part of a fundraising event for MoveOn.org yesterday. He spoke of his upcoming actions to cut the funding for the surge and then the war in general. He is a pathetic, dithering old man, long past his prime and an embarrassment to all of us. His words are broadcast worldwide and the enemy celebrates.
"A newly confirmed commander is about to lead 20,000 American soldiers on a dangerous and difficult mission to secure Baghdad, risking their lives for their country. And the message their elected Representatives will send them off to battle with is a vote declaring their inevitable defeat."
Those words from the Wall Street Journal ring true.