Posted by Charles S on March 28th, 2007
Reaffirming Bin Laden’s statement “America has not the will to fight. They are a paper tiger”; the Senate voted on Tuesday to leave a definitive date for withdrawal in Iraq in the spending package. “We have to change course. Today’s vote takes us a step closer,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
The terms “change course” and “new direction” have been the war cry (no pun intended) of the Democratic party since before the 2006 election. Although most of us do not disagree with the Democrats when they say the war has been mismanaged, many people in this country still believe a victory in Iraq is vital to national security.
The Democratic leadership themselves have acknowledged the absurdity of setting a deadline for troop withdrawal, not so much in actual words as in their actions. In order to gain support for this bill the Democrats included billions of dollars in pork barrel spending forcing Senators to decide if a vote for withdrawal was more important than additional funds for their State. Included in the bill:
- $3 million for funding for sugar cane (goes to one Hawaiian co-op).
- $20 million for insect infestation damage reimbursements in Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.
- $6 million for North Dakota flooded crop land.
- $2 million for the University of Vermont
- $1.5 billion for livestock production losses.
- $2.1 billion for crop production losses.
It is imperative for the Democrats 2008 campaign to regain the Presidency that Bush’s war in Iraq is a complete and utter failure, and they are doing everything in their power to insure exactly that. The Pentagon has declared they need the emergency funding by April 15th to avoid having to make cutbacks in both Iraq and Afghanistan. However the Senate will take a final vote before the Easter recess Thursday but is not expected to reconcile its version with the House bill until both chambers are in session April 16. At that point, President Bush would then veto the bill, sending it back to the House to draft new legislation (a 3/4 vote to overturn the veto seems highly unlikely). This would delay funding even longer.
In passing this legislation however the Democrats would be ignoring one minor document. It’s called the Constitution. The United States Constitution declares the President to be commander in chief of our armed forces, with ultimate responsibility for all tactical decisions resting on his shoulders. The framers of our Constitution were indeed wise men, knowing full well a war cannot be run by committee. Our system of checks and balances gives Congress the power to declare war, and provide for funding for that war, however the Constitution does not grant Congress the authority to dictate tactical strategies such as dates for troop withdrawal. If the Democrats intend to prove they can lead our Country they need to prove to the American people they have our best interests in mind. They should submit a simplified version of the spending bill to guarantee the Pentagon has the funds necessary to do their job.
Pulling out of Iraq is not Congress’s call!