WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House spurned calls for an immediate pullout of troops from Iraq in a vote hastily arranged by the GOP that Democrats vociferously denounced as politically motivated.
After two days of defending Congressman John Murtha's weepy call for the removal of troops from Iraq, and ridiculing Republicans for "attacking" a Vietnam vet, the House of Representatives voted this idiot's idea down 403 - 3. Murtha himself voted against it!
Democrats accused Republicans of orchestrating a political stunt that prohibited thoughtful debate on the issue, and nearly all voted against the measure.So much for standing up for your principles, huh Democrats?
That included Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the Democratic hawk whose call Thursday for pulling out troops set off a nasty, personal debate over the war.
So what was the problem? Why, after vociferously defending Rep. Murtha for days, did almost all of the Democrats in the House vote against pulling the troops out?
He (Murtha) said the GOP resolution was not the thoughtful approach he had suggested to bring the troops safely home in six months.Translation: Those damned Republicans didn't give us any time to spin this the way that we wanted to! If we would have had a couple of weeks to let the MSM to do its work, we may have been able to pull out of Iraq and let it devolve into civil war, which would have really hurt President Bush! And that's what we live for.
Democrats said it was a sham and quickly decided to vote against the resolution in an attempt to drain it of significance.Yeah, right.
At one point in the emotional debate, Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel."He asked me to send Congress a message -- stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message -- that cowards cut and run, Marines never do," Schmidt said. Murtha is a 37-year Marine veteran and ranking Democrat on the defense appropriations subcommittee.Could they be any more childish? Well, yes they could.
Democrats booed and shouted her down -- causing the House to come to a standstill.
Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber's center aisle screaming that Republicans were making uncalled-for personal attacks. "You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!" yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.The Democrat politicians are absolutely hysterical. Their loss of power has caused them to abandon anything even approaching decorum.
The Republican alternative: "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."In other words, put up or shut up.
I guess we got their answer.