Carol Platt Liebau: The Doves in the Night-time

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Doves in the Night-time

149 Democrats plus Socialist Bernie Sanders voted against a House resolution that "[d]eclar[es] that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary."

Mind-boggling. The full text of the resolution is here; in its most relevant part, it reads as follows:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) honors all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror, whether as first responders protecting the homeland, as servicemembers overseas, as diplomats and intelligence officers, or in other roles;

(2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;

(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;

(4) declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq;

(5) congratulates Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq's new constitution;

(6) calls upon the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom; and

(7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.


Aside from provision #3, whatin the world could the Democrats have possibly disagreed with? But there had to be more. The following exchange with Sherlock Holmes in "The Silver Blaze" is illuminating:

"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Here, the "curious incident" wasn't the dog that didn't bark -- it was the doves that didn't chirp. If the Dems had disagreed only with provision number 3, nothing would have prevented them from offering their own resolution with the same wording, absent that provision. So there had to be more.

How I wish that someone on one of the Sunday morning shows would ask a Democratic leader: Exactly what in the resolution did your caucus oppose?

12 Comments:

Blogger Maj.BertramPudgeman said...

My congress woman, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (mother of Detroit's hip-hop mayor,) did not vote either way.

I was going to send a letter, but then I thought "Why help her understand why the democrats are self-destructing."

So I decided to keep her ignorant and keep her happy.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

The Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war has proven to be a failure. War lauched on dead-wrong intelligence. No WMDs, no nuclear programs and no ties to Al Qaeda or Bin Ladim. Over 100,000 Iraqis killed. Over 2,500 US soldiers killed. Over 18,000 US soldiers seriously injured. Many more soldiers suffering from mental health issues. Current cost over $1.2 trillion.

3:51 PM  
Blogger suek said...

>> The Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war has proven to be a failure.>>

Not that there's likely to be any point in answering this, but...

http://tinyurl.com/hoamo

4:51 PM  
Blogger Concerned Citizen Monkey said...

(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;

If one is a supporter of Democracy, like Mr. Bush is, then one would support the wishes of Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi who wants a timeline. And is supported in this view by President Jalal Talabani. Suddenly this doesn't seem like such an easy resolution to support. Again, supposing one believes in democracy and supporting the wishes of democratically elected leaders of a sovereign nation.

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/14823067.htm

6:22 PM  
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6:23 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

I expect nothing less from the 150 pukes with (D) and (I) behind their name (as well as the 6 who did likewise in the Senate yesterday)........But what really gets me are the 3 Republicans who voted with the infamous 150.

Rep. John J. Duncan (Tennessee), Rep. Jim Leach (Iowa), Rep. Ryan Paul (Wisconsin)........Paul and Duncan are usually solid Conservative voters, but Leach is a RINO in every sense of the word.

Each of them should be tossed out on their ass for this vote, however.

8:52 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Actually, as I suspect you already know, the Republicans refused to allow any amendments or changes to this ludicrous bit of political theater. Its sole purpose was so that Republican hacks could accuse Democrats of being unpatriotic.

So sad to see a woman as wise as you jumping on this train. You've got a great brain -- why not use it for something more substantial than parroting RNC spin points?

2:55 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Actually, as I suspect you already know, the Republicans refused to allow any amendments or changes to this ludicrous bit of political theater."

Exactly, wrabkin. Sometimes I wonder if these amateur obfuscations are intended to program the minions as much as they're designed to wear you, me, and our fellow lefties down. ('Let's see if they'll bother with this one.') Thanks for writing what I lacked the energy to.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Ditto,

By your logic every war America has ever been involved in has been a "proven" failure. Also, I knew it wouldn't be long before the left began to color our troops as mentally unstable.


Wrabkin & Duke-Stir,

Carol is clearly asking why the Democrats didn't offer their own resolution. There's nothing to stop them from doing that. In fact, that's a common practice to keep from being painted into a corner by the language of the opposing party.

It's a good question, too. Do the Democrats have NOTHING to say on this issue other than:

Surrender
We're losing
It's all our fault
We're the bad guys
etc.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

In a word, Greg - NO!

12:13 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Greg:

Do some reading. Turn off Rush and Carol and go read a newspaper. Any newspaper. Even Sun Myung-Moon's right wing Washington Times will probably explain this to you:

You say "there's nothing to stop the Democrats" from introducing their own resolution.

The FACTS say that the Republican majority leader and speaker of the house specifically refused to allow any Democratic amendments or resolutions to come to the floor.

Do you understand? There WAS something that kept the Dems from introducing a resolution. It was the Republicans, who control the congress.

If you don't take the trouble to learn a simple fact like this, then you will fall for deceitful spin every time. And maybe you think that's not so important now, but when your son is dying in a war based on lies that you didn't stand up against because you couldn't bother to be informed, well, maybe you'll understand.

3:23 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Greg:

Do some reading. Turn off Rush and Carol and go read a newspaper. Any newspaper. Even Sun Myung-Moon's right wing Washington Times will probably explain this to you:

You say "there's nothing to stop the Democrats" from introducing their own resolution.

The FACTS say that the Republican majority leader and speaker of the house specifically refused to allow any Democratic amendments or resolutions to come to the floor.

Do you understand? There WAS something that kept the Dems from introducing a resolution. It was the Republicans, who control the congress.

If you don't take the trouble to learn a simple fact like this, then you will fall for deceitful spin every time. And maybe you think that's not so important now, but when your son is dying in a war based on lies that you didn't stand up against because you couldn't bother to be informed, well, maybe you'll understand.

3:24 PM  

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