OK they didn't actually vote to lose. What they did do is vote to rebuke the President for his leadership of the war. While this nonbinding resolution is officially a meaningless gesture what the nonbinding resolution doesn't say is almost more important than what it does say.
The exact text of the nonbiding resolution is:
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--
(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.
Passed the House of Representatives February 16, 2007.
The first sentence of this resolution is pretty meaningless. It is fluff that is added so that when Congress is accused of not supporting the troops during a war they can say "Not so, see we voted to support them right here." It is telling that the only way the Democrats will vote to support the troops is in a NONBINDING resolution.
It is the second paragraph that says it all. The Democrats have been telling us for months now that we are losing the war. So when the president decides to humor them and change the way we are fighting this war by sending more troops the Democrats object to this change. So what are we left with? They Democrats don't like the way things were being run, and when we send more troops they object to that. The only other options is to fight this war with less troops. Which is exactly what the Democrats want. They want this war fought with no troops at all. Get them all out, right now. Quit, run away, surrender, roll over and expose our bellies to the enemy. They want us to lose.
It is unfortunate that none of the 246 congressmen who voted for this resolution bothered to listen to one of their members speak out against this resolution. Representative Sam Johnson is a Korean and Vietnam War veteren. He spent seven years in a Vietnam prisnor of war camp. Here is the video of his speach. It is less than 7 minutes long. Listen to it. It is a first hand account of the damage the defeatest behavior exhibited by the antiwar democrats has on the men and women who are fighting this war.
“So – little did I know back in my rat-infested 3 x 8 dark and filthy cell that 34 years after my departure from Hell on Earth… I would spend the anniversary of my release pleading for a House panel to back my measure to support and fully fund the troops in harm’s way….and that just days later I would be on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives surrounded by distinguished veterans urging Congress to support our troops to the hilt.
“We POWs were still in Vietnam when Washington cut the funding for Vietnam. I know what it does to morale and mission success. Words can not fully describe the horrendous damage of the anti-American efforts against the war back home to the guys on the ground.
“Our captors would blare nasty recordings over the loud speaker of Americans protesting back home…tales of Americans spitting on Vietnam veterans when they came home... and worse.
“We must never, ever let that happen again.
“The pain inflicted by your country’s indifference is tenfold that inflicted by your ruthless captors.
“Our troops – and their families – want, need and deserve the full support of the country – and the Congress. Moms and dads watching the news need to know that the Congress will not leave their sons and daughters in harm’s way without support.
I have waited a couple days to comment on this latest surrender attempt by the new leadership is Congress. Mostly because I am so disgusted, by their behavior that I did not think I could respond with anything less than a string of profanity. But at the same time I am not surprised. Is there anyone out there who thought that the Democrats would do anything differently once they were in charge?
I think the only thing that disguests me more than the Democrats pushing thier defeatest agenda is that these 17 RINOs agreed with them.
Coble - NC 6th
Davis, Tom - VA 11th
Duncan - TN 2nd
English - PA 3rd
Gilchrest - MD 1st
Inglis - SC 4th
Johnson - IL 15th
Jones - NC 3rd
Keller - FL 8th
Kirk - IL 8th
LaTourette - OH 14th
Paul - TX 14th
Petri - WI 6th
Ramstad - MN 3rd
Upton - MI 6th
Walsh - NY 25th
If you are a regular contributor to political champaigns I have 17 suggestions for you. Contribute to any true conservative who runs against each of these clowns in 2008. They do not deserve to call themselves Republicans.
And in the interest of fairness, two Democrats voted against this resolution.
Marshall - GA 8th
Taylor - MS 4th
Good luck to these two. After they bucked Grandma Pelosi they can probably kiss thier political careers goodbye.