An email from Iraq….
I heard from Beau, he’s wondering if he’s going to get called up in the IRR, it’s his last year in. (his total 8 is up May 31st). I thought about the getting called up, stop-lossed, and extended, pulled from my family for 18 months after my time is up, and the bottom line is this: We are at War.
It was crazy for me to have gotten aggravated about it just because my commitment was up, I think though that if I can be extended for 18 extra months of my life to serve in the military in a combat zone then protesters of the war should have to give a little too, not hurt the war effort, and guys like Kennedy should be held accountable for their false and extreme statements concerning the efforts of soldiers. (remember his Pol Pot comment?)
I wish someone would show Kennedy the number of hostile incidents vs number of engagements by soldiers and compare those stats to any other war… and put Kennedy in prison for the rest of his life for his hate-filled betrayal and false accusation. Now my comments about protesters doesn’t mean they don’t get to vote, it just means they don’t get to get away with derogatory and false statements concerning the efforts of soldiers.
What is this about Republicans not supporting us? Are you kidding me?
The above email is one reason why I am supporting the Pledge.
If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.
I just heard Senator Norm Coleman heming and hawing on the Hugh Hewitt show about whether or not he will support the Warner Resolution and I am extremely disappointed in him. The pledge is an important tool for those of us who support the troops to know where the Republicans we worked hard to get elected stand. If they vote for a resolution of any kind that is not supportive of President Bush and our efforts in Iraq they are encouraging the enemy and will earn history’s scorn.
Dan Riehl explains why the Biden/Warner resolutions will encourage the enemy……
What does it mean, “to encourage the enemy?”
It means that the enemy gathers will and strength from the prospect of a collapsing political will to seek victory in Iraq and stability in the region.
With that additional strength and will the enemy redoubles and retriples efforts to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
In short, it means that more Americans will die.