U.S. Troops: GOP Hostages in Iraq?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

‘œWe’™re listening to our colleagues about what form they want that supplemental to take,’ Pelosi said. But, sensitive to the GOP attacks, the speaker said: ‘œWe will fund the troops as long as they are in harm’™s way.’

What in the hell do these people not understand? If congress does [...]

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

‘œWe’™re listening to our colleagues about what form they want that supplemental to take,’ Pelosi said. But, sensitive to the GOP attacks, the speaker said: ‘œWe will fund the troops as long as they are in harm’™s way.’

What in the hell do these people not understand? If congress does not pass the requested $100 billion supplemental appropriation to continue funding the war, it has to stop. The troops have to start coming home. Easy.

It’™s not like anyone would leave the U.S. military stranded in Baghdad without a bus ticket home, for Christ’™s sake. Not a single soldier would go without MRE rations after Sunday – no one is going to have to IM mom and dad to Western Union some dinars to Baghdad so they could buy an order of Hasa Laban Ma’™ Tomata at Omar’™s Haifa St. Cafe and Suicide Bombing Emporium. If funding for the war were to be cut, there would not be one less 7.62mm bullet available for the GI’™s weapons.

But the Pentagon would have to start pulling out troops in an orderly fashion.

I’™m really getting tired of the GOP’™s faux ‘œsupport the troops’ horseshit, and continuously waving the bloody shirt. The best way to support the troops is to start bringing them home – now.

It’™s been said before and it’™ll be said again: cutting the Bush regime’™s Iraq fiasco off at the knees is a totally no-risk situation for the Democratic Party controlled congress. That’™s why the Dems are now in the majority – they took back power in the midterm elections on the basis of Americans being fed up with the lies on top of lies about Iraq that continue to be spun by the Bush regime and its GOP enablers. The American public wants American participation in this mess to end.

A comment on Daily Kos gets it almost exactly right: by continuing the ‘œsupport the troops’ jingoistic rhetoric, the GOP is effectively holding 150,000 troops in Iraq hostage.

The Democratic Party is acting like it’™s suffering from abused spouse syndrome. Instead of figuring out how to de-fund the fiasco, which a plurality of Americans clearly desire, the Dem wafflers in congress are now talking about passing the supplemental request with ‘œconditions’ on the Bush regime. Yeah. Just like the battered wife lets her abuser back into the house when he says, ‘œI won’™t hit you again, honey. Promise. Really.’

The Democrats are in control, but at the end of the day, the GOP keeps snickering, ‘œwho’™s your daddy, bitch?‘ And as long as the GOP is holding American troops hostage in Iraq, it appears as if Democrats are ready to continue to paying the ransom on an installment basis, one supplemental at a time.

This is not what we voted for. If your congressional representative is a member of the Democratic Party majority, may I humbly suggest that you make a call to his/her office today and express your opinion? I have a feeling that the next 24 hours of this debate are going to be critical in either bringing an end to U.S. involvement in Iraq – or staying forever.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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