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Senate Rejects Iraq Troop Pullout 93 - 6

Stop the ACLU links to this AP story about the Senate's 93-6 vote to reject John Kerry's proposal for a pullout of troops from Iraq by the end of 2006.

The Senate rejected a call for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq by year's end on Thursday as Congress erupted in impassioned, election-year debate over a conflict that now has claimed the lives of 2,500 American troops.


The vote was 93-6 to shelve the proposal, which would have allowed "only forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces" to remain in 2007.

The vote came alongside a daylong debate in the House, where Republicans defended the war as key to winning the global struggle against terrorism while Democrats excoriated President Bush and his policies.

"We must stand firm in our commitment to fight terrorism and the evil it inflicts throughout the world. We must renew our resolve that the actions of evildoers will not dictate American policy," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said in remarks laden with references to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The war was "a grotesque mistake," countered the Democratic House leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California. "The administration continues to dig a hole. They refuse to come up and see the light," she said.

If we had cut and run when John Murtha and others first suggested it, we would not have located and killed Zarqawi and found the treasure trove of information that is allowing us to round up additional kidnapping, torturing, head chopping terrorists. That would have been grotesque.

There will, no doubt, be more violent days ahead in Iraq, and more deaths of innocent Iraqis and U.S. and coalition troops. Progress is being made, though, and those who would prefer to leave before the mission is completed, in my opinion, don't want to see us succeed. I think we are witnessing a turning point of sorts, part symbolic and part substantive, with the killing of Zarqawi and the subsequent related missions against terrorists and the completion of the formation of the Iraqi government. First the Democrats lost their "culture of corruption" strategy and they are quickly losing their strategy to tie congressional Republicans to an unpopular President and an unpopular war. Polls are showing increasing support for both the President and the belief that we will succeed in Iraq. Democrats hoping to run on opposition to the Iraq War this year probably need to look for yet another strategy.


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Comments (18)

Surrender before it's too l... (Below threshold)

Surrender before it's too late!

The U.S. has seen its net f... (Below threshold)
BORe:

The U.S. has seen its net foreign asset position fall as Japan, emerging Asia, and oil exporting nations have become far more powerful over the past decade, and have increasingly become creditors to the U.S.2 As the U.S. deficits mount, with its imports being far greater than its exports, the value of the dollar has been declining -- 28 per cent against the euro from 2001 to 2005 alone.

A strategy? Don't need no stinking strategy of you have Buschco Failure incorporated by Halliburton [TM] co33vpT c0'

April 11, 2006Washin... (Below threshold)
BORe:

April 11, 2006
Washington Post - 2006-04-10

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U.S. military plays up role of Zarqawi
Jordanian painted as foreign threat to Iraq's stability

By Thomas E. Ricks
The Washington Post
Updated: 6:39 a.m. ET April 10, 2006

The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks....

The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work...

The military's propaganda program largely has been aimed at Iraqis, but seems to have spilled over into the U.S. media. One briefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war.

See look Smirk Faux Media See? Smirk.
Kablaaaaammmmm!
AYYYYYYYYHHHHH! My Face!
Look. Dick, See smirk, Put the gun down and Look See Go have a beer and chill see? We will just PSYOPS em see? Look..Ok.

Hey Bore, I loved the fake ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf:

Hey Bore, I loved the fake realism of that phoney Zarqawi guy cutting with the knife, the head of that fake Nick Berg. I know it was fake. Imagine my suprise when they found his body without a head attached. Coincidence, not doubt. Funny how you used to say that we were ineffective because we could not kill or capture old Zark. Now that he is dead, all that notoriety was propaganda by our military. One of us is a fool. Guess which.

Funny how the Iraqis themse... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Funny how the Iraqis themselves saw Zarqawi as a huge threat. Funny how BORE and the Washington Post dolt just seem to miss that.

BORe:Your name is ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

BORe:

Your name is appropriate.

It would be interesting to ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

It would be interesting to know how Nancy Pelosi ended up voting?

The democrats stand on the ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

The democrats stand on the platform screaming the train is going the wrong direction, then board their private car just before it leaves the station. Hypocracy thy name is "Democrat".

If the war is such a mistak... (Below threshold)
hermie:

If the war is such a mistake, why didn't Nancy and the other Dems vote FOR the resolution to pull out, when they had the chance?

Oh, and Dems grumbling about not being limited to 10 hours of debate and no amendments to the resolution: What's there to debate about? You said you wanted to pull out. Your 'leaders' like Murtha and Kerry want to pull out. Your entire party mantra is to pull out. So the resolution is to pull out. It was written according to your own public statements as to what you wanted. There should be no reason to 'debate', since the resolution isn't to stay, but to pull out. Unless by 'debate' you mean to get more 'face time' on TV.

As for no amendments...What amendments would you need for a straightforward resolution to pull out? Did you want to add an amendment to fund a barnswallow preserve in Santa Rosa, or declare August as 'Take a Congressman to Lunch' month?

"If the war is such a mista... (Below threshold)
markm:

"If the war is such a mistake, why didn't Nancy and the other Dems vote FOR the resolution to pull out, when they had the chance?"

DING DING DING!!!. No Murtha, no Reid, no Pelosi. But Pelosi says the war was "a grotesque mistake". Way to show spine lady.

I'm John Kerry, and I'm rep... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for surrender!

Latest e-mail from John Ker... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Latest e-mail from John Kerry to his supporters:

Comrades,

When I voted to authorize this war it was a collosal miscalculation. We need to get our troops out of there now before the unthinkable happens and we actually win this war.

Please send me more money.

John Kerry

/satire off

P. Bunyan, it's not your sa... (Below threshold)

P. Bunyan, it's not your satire tag that needs to be closed. It's the Democrats' self-parody tag that's been stuck open since about 1998.

Nancy Pelosi:"Stay... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Nancy Pelosi:

"Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President. It's time to face the facts...The war in Iraq has been a mistake. I say, a grotesque mistake."

256-153 to officially label the Iraq War as a part of the larger GWT.

Seems a lot of her Democratic brethren don't agree with her.

Is it not time to cut and r... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Is it not time to cut and run yet? he he he..guess not.

Senate YellowBellies:... (Below threshold)

Senate YellowBellies:
John Kerry
Russ Feingold
Barbara Boxer
Robert Byrd
Tom Harkin
Edward M. Kennedy

Any doubts about who will be on the H of R Roster of Retreat?

Here is the roster for <a h... (Below threshold)

Here is the roster for HR 868.

Here is the roster for HR 861.

Bruce Springsteen was going... (Below threshold)
John Kerry:

Bruce Springsteen was going to play at my inauguration!




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