Carol Platt Liebau: The Coming Vote

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Coming Vote

As this piece from The Washington Post notes, the Senate non-binding resolution on the troop surge -- aptly named a "no-confidence" vote by John McCain -- is set for debate this week.

Often, it's important to be understanding of political necessities that force Republicans off the reservation -- but not this time. As Trent Lott (as much a politico as anyone on the Hill) said, "There are some things more important than getting reelected. This is one of them." Hope that Senators Coleman of Minnesota, Sunnunu of New Hampshire, Smith of Oregon, Alexander of Tennessee and Murkowski of Alaska were listening.

These Republican senators have to understand just how foolish -- and indefensible -- it would be to pass a non-binding resolution that has no practical effect except to embolden the enemy and dispirit American troops. They should also be aware of the fact that, in light of the Senate's unanimous confirmation of General Petraeus, it makes no sense: Give the man the job, but then deny him the tools he has said he needs for victory.

Threats about "Republican obstructionism" coming from the likes of Dianne Feinstein should fall on deaf ears -- or better yet, be dismissed with the contempt they so richly deserve.

Obstruct measures that would hurt our own soldiers, make victory more difficult, and encourage the enemy? You bet -- that's what Republicans should be doing.


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