Opinion Journal has a must-read article today on the dead fish the congress calls the non-binding resolution against the surge.

Congress has rarely been distinguished by its moral courage. But even grading on a curve, we can only describe this week’s House debate on a vote of no-confidence in the mission in Iraq as one of the most shameful moments in the institution’s history.

On present course, the Members will vote on Friday to approve a resolution that does nothing to remove American troops from harm’s way in Iraq but that will do substantial damage to their morale and that of their Iraqi allies while emboldening the enemy. The only real question is how many Republicans will also participate in this disgrace in the mistaken belief that their votes will put some distance between themselves and the war most of them voted to authorize in 2002.

That there are any Republicans supporting this madness is disheartening in the extreme.

Instead, they’ll pass this “non-binding resolution,” to be followed soon by attempts at micromanagement that would make the war all but impossible to prosecute–and once again without taking responsibility. Mr. Murtha is already broadcasting his strategy, which the new Politico Web site described yesterday as “a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration’s options.”

In concert with antiwar groups, the story reported, Mr. Murtha’s “goal is crafted to circumvent the biggest political vulnerability of the antiwar movement–the accusation that it is willing to abandon troops in the field.” So instead of cutting off funds, Mr. Murtha will “slow-bleed” the troops with “readiness” restrictions or limits on National Guard forces that will make them all but impossible to deploy. These will be attached to appropriations bills that will also purport to “support the troops.”

“There’s a D-Day coming in here, and it’s going to start with the supplemental and finish with the ‘08 [defense] budget,'’ Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D., Hawaii) told the Web site. He must mean D-Day as in Dunkirk.

So Mr. Murtha plans to slow-bleed the troops? Nice terminology.

However “non-binding,” this is a vote that Republican partisans will long remember.

Oh yes. You can bet we will remember.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress simply passed a resolution praising the great work our troops are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan and pledging the congress’ steadfast support of their mission?

That they won’t tells us all we need to know about the kind of men and women we have elected.

Acute Politics writes a heart-rending tale of war and devotion, something the cut and run and now slow-bleeding Murthas of the world will never get.

A list of the 12 Cut and Run Republicans can be found at The Victory Caucus.

Rudy came out strong against the non-binding resolution.