They won�t pull out
troops from Iraq and they won�t vote for any strategy that calls for immediate
removal of United States occupation forces.
Of course it took a
Republican to put forth an �out-now� resolution, which was supposedly intended
to split the Democrats. But the vote in the House late Friday didn�t slice a
wedge in the Democrat Party -- on the contrary, it united them behind a bloody
and illegal occupation in Iraq. Of course this could well have been the
Republican strategy all along.
Democrats voted in support of the Republicans� Iraq withdraw proposal:
Representatives Wexler, Serrano and McKinney.
And their point was well made. They want the troops home now and they don�t
care who wrote up the legislation or the reasons why they did it. It was the
right move to make. If US troops were pulled out tomorrow, Iraq would be a
safer place for all of us.
A handful of House
Democrats did take the podium to express their seething disgust over the
Republicans� political feat. Talk is cheap, however. Votes are what count. If
there ever was a subject that should gash the thin-skinned Democratic Party,
it�d be the Iraq war. But as the House vote verified, the Democrats don�t want
US troops home now, let alone in six months as Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.)
proposed last Thursday.
Murtha, a veteran
war hawk who championed the Iraq invasion from its inception, announced at a
teary eyed press conference that he wished to withdraw
the nearly 160,000 US troops in Iraq "at the earliest predictable
date." Recent polls indicate that the majority of Americans agree with
Murtha�s call to pull out US forces, which wasn�t even close to an �out-now�
proposition. Regardless, the Democrats took cover as Rep. Murtha began making
headlines with his remarks.
don't support immediate withdrawal," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
released in a statement following Murtha�s call to exit troops.
speaks for himself,� House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gasped as reporters
asked for her takes on the matter.
Democratic leadership in Washington was making it crystal clear that they won�t
be cut and running from Iraq but from Murtha and the movement that prompted his
change of heart.
Democrats, however, are proving to be the AVIAN FLU of the antiwar movement.
They are willing to divvy out just enough fodder in hopes of luring in the
antiwar crowd, and then they strike.
it was the Senate lock out, which ended up being nothing more than a charade
masked as opposition. After all, debating pre-war intel is a non-issue -- what
we need to be worried about is how to bring our troops home now. But as we well know, the Democrats
have neither a plan nor the desire to bring them home anytime soon.
John Kerry and even Donald Rumsfeld are calling for a reduction of US troops
after December. But the troops they both want to bring home are the ones they
sent over to monitor Iraq's elections in the first place. Pulling them out
afterward was the plan all along. The Democrats, like the Republicans, still
believe there is a mission to be accomplished there. What this mission is nobody knows.
US presence in Iraq
is only enflaming more anti-American sentiment in the Middle East and
worldwide. It�s only increasing potential threats against the United States.
Surely it can�t be democracy the Democrats and Republicans want. If that were
the case they�d have yanked out troops months ago as Iraqis have overwhelmingly
declared that�s what they desire. No, this ongoing mission is only about one
thing: smug American pride. President Bush and his Democratic enablers can�t
admit that this war was waged for no reason whatsoever. They can�t admit that all
the lives lost have been for nothing.
Democrats in Washington, despite sporadic glimmers of hope, are a feckless lot.
So don�t take their bait. Like all the shrapnel and bullets flying through the
air in Iraq -- the Democratic Party is a killer.
Frank is the author of the new book, "Left Out!: How Liberals Helped
Reelect George W. Bush," which has just been published by Common Courage
Press. You can order a copy at a discounted rate at www.brickburner.org. Joshua can be reached at Joshua@brickburner.org.