Our "new" leadership in the Senate sent a firm message to our President, the people of Iraq, and most importantly, to our enemies in the war on terrorism---that this nation has had enough of this battle. This nation is prepared to turn it's back on the 3000+ who have sacrificed their lives in helping to provide a young democratic nation still mired in sectarian differences and outside influences that has refused to allow peaceful resolutions to their political and religious theologies:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday passed 12-9 a resolution that dismissed Bush's plans to increase troops in Iraq as "not in the national interest." The vote on the nonbinding measure was largely along party lines, with Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska being the sole Republican on the committee offering his support."The president has made his decision," Vice President Dick Cheney fired back in a CNN interview, a response that made it clear the administration would go ahead anyway. "We need to get the job done." (link)
While the Democrats have made it clear that they want to put an end to United States involvement in this conflict, none seem to have articulated a plan to resolve it short of running to the nearest exit. "Getting the job done" for this "new direction" party is producing another failure for Bush----so their political ambitions can be realized. The short-sightedness of this party can see no further than the next election cycle and fail to even contemplate the ramifications of a failure in Iraq.
History may very well show that the political ambitions of this democrat party were put ahead of the priorities of the long term safety of this nation. And the breeding grounds for a fanatical ideology were allowed to fester. Our children and grandchildren may ask why did we not see this viable threat against us, and why we did nothing to stop it? Of course, our liberal historians will claim that this was all the fault of a president who tried to liberate a nation that had no vision or the ability to be united for a greater cause than themselves-----just like our party of "new direction"------and our policy of nation building had failed because Bush did not put enough men in the field.
The very word of "escalation" sends shivers down the backs of the baby boomers and the 60's generation who saw us turn our backs in Viet Nam where millions died in the aftermath. The retreat and defeat there still haunts this nation and our enemies are banking on a similar ending this time.
Only------this time------it will be just the beginning.............
UPDATE: Curt a Flopping Aces has a complete rundown of our "Resolution for Quitting" and also links a pledge from Truth Laid Bear:
If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.
Sign Pledge here.
(Jack, scroll up and read the "Resolution for Quitting" link) KC