Saturday, November 19, 2005
Put Up Or Shut Up
The US House Republicans struck back at their counterparts with a resolution to immediately withdraw or troops from Iraq. In a political game of stare down, the Republicans dared the Democrats to stand behind their rhetoric. However, when it comes to a voting record in favor of leaving Iraq, only 3 Democrats will be able to make that statement as the resolution was narrowly defeated 403 to 3.
Not happy when having to play on the defensive side of the political game, Democrats sounded back. Murtha "introduced a bill yesterday that I don't entirely agree with . . . but to take his proposal and trash it, trivialize it, is . . . Beneath contempt," said Rep. Jack Spratt (D-S.C.).
Beneath contempt, Mr. Jack Spratt (if that is your real name)? How about the daily attacks from your party on the current administration calling for the withdrawal of forces in Iraq? Do you actually want to that? I guess, according to Mr. Spratt, it is fine to go around all week along and talk about how we need to leave Iraq to any newspaper that will listen. However, to actually have a position and do something about it, is completely different.
I've got an idea. How about the Democratic party shut its' collective mouths until they actually have a plan. Soap box speeches are getting tiresome. Remember Bush's approval rating is 37%, but Congress' is 35%. So, simply math tells us the citizens of this country don't exactly believe congress has all the right answers.
How about a couple of comments from our troops:
"I think we have to finish the job that we began here," said Army Col. James Brown of the Texas National Guard, who commands a brigade in southwestern Iraq. "It's important for the security of this nation, it's important for the security of this region, and certainly it's important in the vital interest of the United States of America."
Or a from a Marine Colonel who spoke with Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio),
"He asked me to send Congress a message--stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message--that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."