GOP Should Stop Playing Politics With Our Troops

July 17, 2007 at 8:34 am 1 comment

Why are Republicans in the Senate obstructing an up or down vote on ending the disastrous war in Iraq? They are threatening to filibuster a measure that a majority of the Senate supports that would set a date to begin bringing American troops home. The last time that conservatives thought it was crucial to use obstructionist tactics all night long to tie up legislation was 1964 when the fought tooth and nail against Civil Rights Act.

Republicans are playing Nero fiddling around with stalling tactics while Iraq burns and American troops die.

Thank God that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling their bluff. He has said that he will have cots brought into the Senate chamber and keep senators in session all night long if needed to get a vote on troop withdrawal. This is the kind of gutsy move needed to show the public just how out of touch the Republicans have become and how they are working to defeat any effort to bring the war to an end.

A majority of Americans support ending the war and the Republicans are again ignoring the will of the people. The refusal of Republicans to work with Democrats to bring our men and women home to their families is another example of their failure to take the Iraq war seriously. Close to 4,000 American soldiers have been killed in the war meaning that nearly 4,000 families will never be able to see their husbands, wives, partners, children, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and friends ever again. And, the Republicans are unwilling to even debate and vote on a plan to end the war?

Our troops and their families have sacrificed beyond imagination at the request of our government. Troops that have made it home have been in many cases left with their bodies and minds shattered and their dreams for their futures lost. Its past time for them to be brought back home. The Republican Party needs to stop playing theatrical games and allow an up or down vote on the Reed/Levin amendment that would set a timetable for troop withdrawal.

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Entry filed under: Congress, Conservatives, Democrats, George Bush, Iraq, Liberals, Military, Politics, Republicans, War.

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