Non-binding Resolution… Treason in a time of war?

The House hit an historic low this week with the shameful passing of the non-binding resolution that undermines President Bush’s efforts in the war on terror.  While the resolution itself cannot prevent the Commander-in-Chief from continuing to protect America’s interests and those of the millions of Iraqis who are relying on the United States to help their country stay on the path to full democracy, the fact that a majority in the House are against their President and the American military during this time of war sends a message of encouragement to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic extremists around the world.

These Democrats and those Republicans who stabbed Bush and freedom in the back with their treasonous voting are thinking only of themselves and their own political careers with no apparent forward-thinking.  Undermining the President at this most crucial time in the war on terror would be similar to calling for Churchill to step down after the disaster at Dunkirk.  The nay-sayers need to have more stomach for the battle – a battle for our way of life to continue unthreatened and for the spreading of freedom in those regions where only oppression is known. 

It is hard to believe that these politicians and others in the Senate, like Chuck Hagel, cannot see the bigger picture.  If their wish is granted and the US surrenders to the extremists in Iraq (and then Afghanistan – the next logical step), the violence will worsen and conditions will be rife for Al-Qaeda or some similar faction to acquire a nuclear device.  We will then need a lot more than Jack Bauer and 24 hours of time to clear up the mess. 

After the Democrats defunded the military campaign inVietnam in 1975, millions of innocent people lost their lives in that country and in Cambodia – the mass-murderers showed little mercy or respect for human life, safe in the knowledge that nobody would step in to stop them.  The consequences of retreating and offering up the white flag in Iraq (and in the war on terror, in general) will be more far-reaching than the Democrats and Chuck Hagel (et al.)  seem to be able to imagine.  The Viet-Cong stayed in their region; Al-Qaeda will not.  We know that from their activities over the past fifteen years. 

On Meet the Press today, Chuck Hagel told Tim Russert that he would announce his intentions regarding the Presidential Race for 2008 in the next two weeks.  He added that if he decided to seek the Republican nomination, he would lay out his plans for Iraq.  How nice.  In other words, he will keep his ideas to himself for now (just like most Democrats) so that he can use them as part of his political campaign.  That’s assuming he has some conrete ideas, of course.

It seems that politicians like John McCain, who put their country before their own aspirations are few and far between these days.  In Iowa, he reiterated his views regarding the difficulties in Iraq, showed empathy for the American people and made it crystal clear how essential America’s continued involvement and subsequent victory over the extremists are: “I know how tough it is for the American people, I know how frustrated Americans are, I understand your frustration, but I also want to tell you that I believe if we fail, the consequences of failure are catastrophic.”  In re-emphasising this, McCain again stands out compared with the other candidates (Giuliani honourably excepted). 

Surely, Hagel, Clinton, Obama and all the non-binding resolution devotees in the House can foresee the potential for greater calamity should America be seen to capitulate.  These politicians see America as the problem in the world.  McCain takes a different view.  There are problems in the world and the United States, the benevolent superpower, can tackle them for its own benefit and for the benefit of millions of people around the world.  McCain stands by his President during this pivotal moment in America’s (and the free world’s) history.  This is not blind support, for McCain has been critical of the handling of the war.  However, his criticism has never undermined the President nor the troops – this is crucial during a war.

Politicians on both sides need to realize that success in this war is much more important than any individual gains they seek to guarantee.  They should also remember that they were elected to represent their constituents and to act in the best interests of the country; not to follow, seemingly without thought, every opinion poll that appears on CNN. 

The White House called for there to be a debate and vote on a binding resolution regarding Iraq and funding of the troops.  Hear, hear!  Let’s see how many politicians are willing to have their names go down in history tainted with treason.  I rather doubt a similar resolution would pass.  Once again, though, it would not be a matter of principle for these politicians – no, it would be self-preservation. 


3 Responses to “Non-binding Resolution… Treason in a time of war?”

  1. ae Says:

    “Let’s see how many politicians are willing to have their names go down in history tainted with treason. ”

    As I said to others – have you no courage of your convictions? Are you a coward ?

    You must ACT – suspend the constitution, imprison these trators, try them for treason, and hang them (pleaese bring your cell phones for YOUTUBE video)

    Clearly in matters of such importance the failure to ACT is a sign of weakness and submission.

  2. mpinkeyes Says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am trying to though on my blog. We need to keep spreading the word until victory is achieved.
    When you said why can’t politicians like Chuck Hagel see the bigger picture, I believe they do see it. But they know the blame will fall on President Bush. They believe this will help win them the whitehouse, and that is the biggest picture to them.

  3. mpinkeyes Says:

    I just re-read my first comment, and I don’t think the first part of it reads the way I meant it. I was trying to say I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m still new at this stuff.
    Keep up the good work.

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