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Democrats support the troops

Posted by Richard on February 13, 2007

The House of Representatives has begun debating (if you can call 5 minutes of pointless posturing per member a debate) the Democrats’ non-binding resolution opposing the troop increase in Iraq. Pelosi plans to have the vote on Friday. It’s expected to pass easily, with the invertebrate wing of the Republican Party joining the Democrats.

But this toothless timewaster is only the opening round — what the WaPo subhead called a "Precursor to Binding Legislation on Funding." In anticipation of a continuing struggle against the forces of retreat and defeat, the folks who brought you the NRSC Pledge have now begun the Victory Caucus. It’s for people who agree with Ronald Reagan that there is only one acceptable outcome in a struggle against the enemies of freedom: "We win. They lose." Drop by and check it out for the latest news and opinion regarding the war, along with tools and ideas for making a difference.

I’ll grant the House Dems this much — their resolution is commendably brief compared to the bilge introduced in the Senate. The meat of the resolution is just two sentences:

(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 January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

N.Z. Bear thinks points 1 and 2 are contradictory, but I think that depends on what you mean by "support and protect." (And isn’t "protect" an odd choice of verbs? Who is protecting whom, really?)

The qualifying phrase, "who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq," is subject to interpretation, too. I’m sure some Democrats would use that qualifier only to withhold their support from Lynndie England and the Haditha Marines. But there are plenty of people on the left who subscribe to the John Effin’ Kerry view that our military is and always has been full of murderers, rapists, cowards, and war criminals. "Yeah, I support the troops who served honorably," theyll sneer, "if you can find any."

I’ve uncovered a previously unpublished photo from a recent anti-war demonstration that sheds additional light on how Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha support our troops:


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