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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Hypocrites and Republicans

Not to say that Republicans aren't without their faults, but the measure to pull troops out of Iraq, the war cry for Democrats and liberals for several weeks now, was almost unanimously rejected.

The vote, held as lawmakers rushed toward a two-week Thanksgiving break, was 403-3.

Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating a political stunt that prohibited thoughtful debate on the issue, and nearly all voted against the measure.

That included Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the Democratic hawk whose call Thursday for pulling out troops set off a nasty, personal debate over the war.

"Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on our present course," Murtha said. He said the GOP resolution was not the thoughtful approach he had suggested to bring the troops safely home in six months.

The House action came in a week that also saw the GOP-controlled Senate defeat a Democratic push for President Bush to lay out a timetable for withdrawal. Instead, senators approved a statement that 2006 should be a significant year in which conditions are created for the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces.


Murtha was one of the biggest voices against troops remaining in Iraq. Of course, he voted against the measure that would have made all his dreams come true... I wonder why?

Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating a political stunt that prohibited thoughtful debate on the issue, and nearly all voted against the measure.

The reason Democrats hated this measure is that it exposed the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their position on Iraq. Their rhetoric has hanged themselves. Republicans called the bluff of the Democrats, and now the Democrats have egg all over their faces. I'm not going to expect them to stop screaming "out now" though; even though they had a chance to get it done.

The Democratic agenda is to simply take a contrary position to the Republican agenda. That's all they do! They offer no ideas of their own--simply criticism for Republican views.

There's a scene in "We Were Soldiers" where the brass finally cave to Col. Moore's ultimatum that he will not leave his men. Moore's response is "they just don't get it, do they? We can't get out. Once they see us piling onto helicopters, they'll attack the ones left on the ground and many more will die." Our situation in Iraq is very similiar in that we can't leave until the job is done. To say you want to phase out troops is simply putting the last troops to leave in greater jeopardy because the job is not done. I wouldn't expect the Democrats to understand that though.

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