The Republicans Treachery


I said this two day’s ago about the Republican support of a bill to impede the President’s power during wartime:

These Republicans supporting this kind of legislation are weak-kneed jackasses. It took us 50 years to exit Germany but they want us to run from Iraq after 2.5 years.

So what happens? The Republican’s vote their bill in and then tell everyone they should be happy the Democrats didn’t get their bill through. What freakin bullshit.

As the New York Post editorialized today, it’s pathetic:

It’s disturbing enough that Democrats have become so hostile to America’s efforts to fight terror, particularly in Iraq.

But now Republicans ? like Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist ? also seem to be peeking at the polls and going all wobbly on the Iraq campaign.

It’s pathetic.

And dangerous.

True, the resolution pushed by Senate Republicans yesterday, which passed 79-19, is non-binding ? and far less feckless than what Democrats sought.

The bill demands that 2006 be “a period of significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty, with Iraqi security forces taking the lead for the security of a free and sovereign Iraq, thereby creating the conditions for the phased redeployment of United States forces from Iraq.”

The Dems, by contrast, wanted to set a precise timetable for a pullout of U.S. troops.

But both statements send a message to terrorists that U.S. resolve is waning. That Americans are tiring of the fight, recoiling from their losses and destined to get the troops out of Iraq ? ASAP.

That is, it’s just a matter of time for the thugs: If they can just hang on long enough, America will quit ? and they’ll win.

How sad. It is exactly that kind of wobbliness that encouraged the jihadists to launch their savage war in the first place.

They looked at America’s withdrawal from Beirut. And Somalia. And Vietnam.

Indeed, the Vietnam War scenario is becoming all too relevant. In that fight, America agreed to provide arms and material to South Vietnam and to help defend it against the North.

But Congress eventually cut off that support (even though ? contrary to the received wisdom ? Saigon was doing quite well for itself by then). Not only did that sap the South’s strength, it also sent a message to Hanoi that America had no stomach to repel an invasion.

The South was left to its own fate ? and the North swept in. Carnage ensued. Remember the Boat People?

Yet America’s stake in Iraq’s survival is far, far greater than it was in South Vietnam’s. If U.S. troops leave before Iraqis are able to kill the remaining thugs and assure their nation’s future, the terrorists will rejoice, regroup ? and re-attack.

What they hell do these Republican’s think they are doing? Playing politic’s and watching the polls when we were attacked 4 years ago. We have to fight these Islamofacists now, not later. We fight to bring a better life to them in the Middle East so maybe there won’t be so much hatred. We fight to bring Democracy to the Middle East. We fight to keep the terrorist’s over there instead of over here. But they want to play politic’s now? Eff them and the horse they rode in on.

I agree whole-heartedly with Residual Forces who stated the following prior to the vote:

Bill Frist is dead to me. If this amendment passes I would encourage any and all Republicans to oppose him for reelection. I would encourage all Republicans to stop support for the NRSC and all related Senate Republican organizations. These psuedo-McCains do nothing more than encourage the enemies of America and Freedom that the US Senate is unwilling to commit to winning wars and spreading freedom. The enemies of Freedom both home and abroad will now know that America is no longer a force to be reckoned with, it is now one to be waited out.

This is what Kerry had to say about this bill:

You can feel the ice breaking. For far too long, Republican leaders have refused to challenge the aimless Bush “stay as long as it takes” approach to Iraq. But now, their unwillingness to act has started to crumble.

Today in the Senate, facing a Democratic resolution on Iraq, the Republicans offered their own call for President Bush to come up with a plan. They didn’t go nearly far enough, but clearly our call for a concrete plan is gaining momentum.

Does anything more have to be said? Kerry can feel the Republicans treachery. The only one’s to see through this bill were 13 Senators:

Bunning, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, DeMint, Graham, Inhofe, Isakson, Kyl, McCain, Sessions, Thune, and Vitter.

I am actually kind of surprised to see McCain’s name in there, since he should of switched sides eons ago, but even he could see the Vietnamization bill for what it is, garbage.

Frist had this to say today:

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the GOP leader, downplayed the significance of the amendment.

?The allegation that Congress is dissatisfied with the administration is absurd,? he said, adding that the Senate?s request for information is ?not a change in policy.? ?It?s a continuation of the oversight we?ve been conducting for years in the United States Senate.? He called the Democrats? amendment a ?cut-and-run strategy.?

Whaaaaat? You mean you didn’t see this backstabbing of our military coming you jackass? Our military is doing a fine job in Iraq, of course never reported in the MSM, but with a little investigation by your staff you could of found this out yourself. Instead you ran like a little girl when you saw a few polls. All of you Republican’s who voted for this bill should be ashamed.

Penraker put’s it well:

Was Osama right? Are we really that weak and irresolute a people? It seems we are. But no, that’s not right. We are a people who have been lied to and had its morale battered for three straight years by people who believe the world is theirs to shape and control – the MSM.

The problem is that people don’t understand that we are in a war. They don’t understand why one more American should die for Iraq. I can’t tell you how many people are now saying “What are we over there for?” All of a sudden, the support for the war collapsed. It was the realization that we’ve lost 2,000 men and it doesn’t look like victory is in sight.

Contact your Senator and the following:

Senate Majority Leader Frist, (202) 224-3344, e-mail

Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, (202) 224-2541, e-mail

Armed Services Chairman John Warner, (202) 224-2023, e-mail

Let them know how pathetic they are.

I end this post with a bit from Tony Blankley’s article that succinctly spell’s out the treachery of this bill:

[…]Monday, for the first time, the foul odor of the Vietnam War denouement wafted through the Senate chamber during the debate on Iraq. The Democrats called for “estimated dates for the phased redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq.” Phased redeployment was the maneuver the French executed in June 1940 in the days preceding the German occupation of Paris. Phased redeployment is what the Vietnamese boat people did as they swam for their lives away from their homeland.

The Republican Senate leadership, sensing they might lose enough Republican senators (six or more) to let the Democratic amendment pass, decided to quibble with, rather than oppose, the infamous document.

So they scratched out the explicit timeline to desertion and added fine-sounding phrases, such as calling for the president to provide more information and a schedule for reaching full Iraqi sovereignty.

No bureaucratic euphemism can cleanse the air of the stench of defeatism.

[…]The Republican senators either no longer believe in the mission or fear an unhappy electorate more than they fear the consequences of failure in Iraq. In all events whether disillusioned or cynical or principled, whether Republican or Democratic, the majority of senators who are pushing for this want to get us out of Iraq more than they want us to succeed. Pay no attention to the words. Look to the character of the players. The infamous summer soldiers and sunshine patriots are forming a majority on the floor of the Senate ? and national defeat and disgrace may soon, and again, find its moment.

It was 30 years ago when Congress last took the reigns of national war fighting. In August 1974, Richard Nixon had been scandalized and left office. The November 1974 election brought forth the “Watergate babies”; Congress filled with young anti-war Democrats. One of the first actions of the Watergate Congress was to vote to deny an appropriation of $800 million to pay for South Vietnamese military aid, including ammunition and spare parts. Historical records now reveal that five weeks after that vote, the North Vietnamese started planning their final offensive.

The morale of the South Vietnamese was broken by that symbolic congressional act of betrayal. The actual dollar cuts forced South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu to abandon the Central Highland in March 1975, leading to the collapse of our ally and the onset of genocide and police-state brutalities that killed more Asians than all the thousand days of the war did.

Now the Watergate babies have grown old ? and age has not improved them. They plan to finish their careers as they started them ? in defeatism, betrayal and national dishonor. Oh, that America might see the last of these fish-eyed sacks of loathsome bile and infamy: unwholesome in their birth; repugnant and stench-forming in their decline.

[…]Two national betrayals in 30 years is too much for the heart of the nation to take. Send more troops, not less. Victory may yet be ours.

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These Republicans supporting this kind of legislation are weak-kneed jackasses. It took us 50 years to exit Germany but they want us to run from Iraq after 2.5 years.

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