While Democrats and Republicans continue their petty bickering, Americans continue to die in Iraq. Both sides had the opportunity to vote on a withdrawal resolution offered by Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Hoping to embarrass the Democrats, Republicans took Murtha’s resolution and basically stripped it down to the following words, “It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.”
The AP reported:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said the resolution was intended “to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Not to be outdone, Pelosi decided to continue increasing the amount of body bags flown back from Iraq:
For those reasons, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent word to the rank-and-file to vote with the Republicans against immediate withdrawal of American troops.
While the wording of the resolution is in keeping with the views of a majority of Americans, both major parties sent their message loudly and clearly to the American people: We don’t care if your children continue to die in Iraq, so long as we don’t lose any political power.
According to the BBC:
Stephen Hess is another renowned Washington scholar who has served on the White House staffs of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and advised Presidents Ford and Carter.
He says the current level of argument has reached a “miserable point”.
“One side says ‘you are liars’, the other says ‘you are traitors’ – it doesn’t move the debate very far,” he told the BBC.
My observation is that the lines are blurred, and there is no real difference between those called liars and those called traitors.
UPDATE: Sen. John Kerry continues the bipartisan battle of sound-bytes while continuing to support our continued presence in Iraq. ABC News reported just today:
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says U.S. troops do not necessarily need to be pulled out of Iraq right away, as a senior Democrat suggested this week, but they need more leadership from the Bush administration.
“What we need is a little more commander-in-chief, and a little less campaigner-in-chief,” Kerry said in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America Weekend Edition.”