On the Senate and the Iraq Troop Surge

Yesterday Republican Senators were able to block debate and a full Senate vote on a non-binding resolution expressing disapproval of President Bush’s decision to “surge” American troops into Iraq. For the forty-seven Senators who voted against cloture on the resolution, their votes amounted to an approval of the President’s decision to keep the United States engaged in an already lost war in Iraq. Those forty-seven Senators voted to send more soldiers to Iraq–indirectly, through the action of voting to prevent debate and an eventual vote on the President’s policy. John Warner, the Senator whose own resolution was blocked by yesterday’s vote, chose to vote against the very resolution he introduced. For the forty-seven Senators who voted against yesterday’s resolution they chose to put their party and their political positioning over principle and country.

The war will continue. Lives will be lost. Blood is on their hands.

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