Friday, June 16, 2006

House Rejects Iraq Pullout

Yesterday, the Senate voted against pulling out of Iraq before the mission is competed. Today, after largely partisan debate, the House followed suit, saying that setting a timetable in Iraq is not in the best interests of the country. As usual, Nancy Pelosi had piped up, calling the Iraq war a "grotesque mistake" (Stars & Stripes story). However, 42 Democrats broke ranks and sided with the Republicans on this one.

Clearly, setting a timetable for any war is a major mistake, especially when the enemy would have that information within hours of the decision. If we set a timetable for troop withdrawals, the war would be lost. There would be no reason for the enemy to engage us, but rather they would sit back, reconstitute, and wait for us to leave. At the same time, we would have shown the whole world that the United States does not keep its word, does not fight to win and will not stay the course. And then we could start making preparations for Gulf War III.

We're in this one to win it, folks, and running away is not an option.

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