Friday, December 16, 2005

Resolution praises Iraq vote, rejects U.S. troop withdrawal

AKA the "Screw you and your hippie politics Jack Murtha" bill.
House Republicans plan a vote today on a resolution that praises yesterday's elections in Iraq and rejects timetables for withdrawing U.S. troops.
"Setting an artificial timetable for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, or immediately terminating their deployment in Iraq and redeploying them elsewhere in the region, is fundamentally inconsistent with achieving victory in Iraq," the resolution says in part.
Last month, Republicans forced a vote on another resolution calling for immediate withdrawal, based loosely on one written by Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat. That resolution failed by a 403-3 vote, with most Democrats joining all Republicans present in voting against an immediate pullout.
The latest resolution calls the Iraqi elections a "crucial victory" for Iraq, saying the vote would not have been possible without the presence of U.S. troops.
"We hope the Democrats will join us to support U.S. troops fighting for victory in Iraq and to celebrate the successful Iraqi elections," said Ron Bonjean, a spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican.
Resolution praises Iraq vote, rejects U.S. troop withdrawal - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
Oh I love the Democratic response.
Democrats were not pleased with the resolution.
"Rather than have a real debate on Iraq honoring the American troops and people, the Republicans have resorted to yet another political stunt," said Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.
You could easily call this a political stunt I guess. But so was Jack Murtha's bill which he himself didn't even vote for. Or you could call it a show of support for our troops and the Iraqi people. But then we'd have to call Murtha's bill what it is: a show of contempt and defeatism for not only our troops and their families but for the Iraqi people who are just beginning to experience the freedoms we take for granted every day.

You tell me which political stunt is better for the country.