An email from Iraq……

I don’t get this resolution stuff to try to block Bush sending additional
troops. Either they should find a way to get everyone out completely or give the commander in charge the ability to do everything to try and win, one way or another. I mean if it is believed that things will be more stable by bringing in more troops then why not support it if we aren’t leaving altogether?

Makes no sense.

It’ll be an inconvenience as we’ll be crowded but it could also give more US coverage of areas, clamping down on some hot spots. It’s like they want us out of here but since they can’t do that then they want to make sure we lose. Leave it up to the commander here, that’s what should be done, period. The government of Iraq said give us more guns and you can go home.

Hmmm, that’s dangerous.

Can you imagine what would have happened if after the Ardennes offensive during WW2 if Congress had told FDR he had to pull troops out and keep Patton’s 3d from relieving 101st?

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If the Republicans in the Senate thinks they are doing anything to help the morale of the troops by signing non-binding resolutions against the surge they are delusional.

Lorie Byrd writes that it’s time to ask some hard questions of the Democrats.

Over the past months and years, those on the left have gone to great effort to paint the mission in Iraq as “failed,” “doomed” and a “disaster.” They have failed to acknowledge the accomplishments of the U.S. military in Iraq, but have been quick to talk about those in our armed forces as child victims of a failed policy or (worse) as bloodthirsty thugs engaging in torture and terror.

It is certainly not a pleasant thing to accuse fellow Americans, particularly ones entrusted by the citizenry with the nation’s well being, of playing politics with American lives or of providing moral support to her enemies, but I think it is time to ask some hard questions.

I signed the pledge and now there are up to 17,760 signatures.

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 think in addition to the pledge, we need to start a white feather campaign because it’s becoming quite apparent that we have a multitude of Cut and Runners in our Congress. The book and movie, The Four Feathers tells a story of cowardice and redemption. I see nothing but cowardice so far in many Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House but for the sake of our troops and our country I’m hoping that at least some Republicans redeem themselves.

I’m not holding my breath.

UPDATE: I am furious and I don’t like being furious on Friday but that’s the way it is. Even though both General Petraeus and The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates have warned the Congress that any anti-surge resolution emboldens the enemy. Still, Senator John McCain (McCain??!!!) and (maybe even) Republic minority leader Senator Mitch McConnell don’t seem to care that what they are doing will get our troops killed.

Trying to keep from typing dammit but couldn’t stop my fingers.

UPDATE: Here it is April 26th, three months after I wrote this post and nothing much has changed. The White Feathers need to start flying towards every defeatocrat and their Republican enablers who have voted against our troops in Iraq. Make no mistake. That is what they are doing. Welcome Michelle Malkin readers. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Our military is doing an incredible job in Iraq. They deserve full support from the congress. Nothing less.