Worse yet, congress' actions will embolden our enemies. It shows the terrorists, in an exquisite manner, that their public relations campaign is working.
On present course, the Members will vote on Friday to approve a resolution that does nothing to remove American troops from harm's way in Iraq but that will do substantial damage to their morale and that of their Iraqi allies while emboldening the enemy. The only real question is how many Republicans will also participate in this disgrace in the mistaken belief that their votes will put some distance between themselves and the war most of them voted to authorize in 2002.
The motion at issue is plainly dishonest, in that exquisitely Congressional way of trying to have it both ways. The resolution purports to "support" the troops even as it disapproves of their mission. It praises their "bravery," while opposing the additional forces that both President Bush and General David Petreaus, the new commanding general in Iraq, say are vital to accomplishing that mission. And it claims to want to "protect" the troops even as its practical impact will be to encourage Iraqi insurgents to believe that every roadside bomb brings them closer to their goal.
Rush nails it with his usual panache ....
The only positive here in these debates, is that the House is showing they have the courage to show they have none.
....and then names names....
A dozen Republicans arrived in the House chamber on Wednesday to set aside their party allegiances and lend their names to a resolution intended to rebuke President Bush for his Iraq policy. Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina said that Iraqis had their chance at freedom, but chose civil war. Representative Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio argued that troop buildup was a tactic that had already failed. And Representative John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee suggested that military contractors had profited mightily at the expense of the American treasury." These are Republicans joining Democrats in the resolution tomorrow, a total of 12 of them breaking ranks here. It's unbelievable.
After the vote today I'll report back with the tally. The congressmen who voted in favor of this ridiculous proposal should be ashamed of themselves. But I guess you can't go into politics if you have a sense of shame.
The real tragedy here is that the House is using this vote as a sound byte - the troops are merely pawns.