My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Why I Am A Republican, supplemental

The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection of President Bush's decision to deploy more troops to Iraq on Friday, opening an epic confrontation between Congress and commander in chief over an unpopular war that has taken the lives of more than 3,100 U.S. troops.

The vote on the nonbinding measure was 246-182. . . .

Supporters of the nonbinding resolution included 229 Democrats and 17 Republicans

AND . . .

House Democrats today outlined their plan to restrict President Bush's use of war funding, with the goal of gradually ending the war in Iraq. . . .

Mr. Murtha detailed, during a 24-minute interview, his plan to use the appropriations process to hamstring the president's use of war funds. Mr. Murtha's plan is supported by House Democratic leaders, and is thought to be the less politically risky alternative.

In other words, "we have no strategy, but we don't like yours, but we don't want to be seen as {what we are} unsupportive of the troops, so we will take a cowardly back-door way to force our defeat."

A. Murtha is not just wrong about the war, but he's a political coward--with his Democratic allies--for not taking this head-on. He has a Democratic majority now: why not just vote to cut off funding immediately? Declare defeat and come home now if that's what you want to do.

B. Imagine Pat Bowlen telling Mike Shanahan that he likes his players too much to let them continue to try to win football games--too many of them are getting hurt and it's too difficult. Now imagine him telling Shanahan this in the fourth quarter of a big game in December with the playoffs on the line. And the outcome of the game is still in doubt.

That is what "supporting the troops" while "rejecting the mission" is.

Now, what really rankles is why NOBODY in the media has bothered to ask any of these Democrats how they can support the troops while hoping for their defeat--in a mission which the troops who have been a part of it overwhelmingly support.

That's what rankles. It doesn't surprise me. But it ticks me off.


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