Friday, June 16, 2006

House Declares Support for War on Terror

The House of Representatives voted today 256-153 in favor of a resolution supporting our side in the War on Terror. After all the "whereas" clauses, the resolution asks for support of the following:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) honors all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror, whether as first responders protecting the homeland, as servicemembers overseas, as diplomats and intelligence officers, or in other roles;
(2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;
(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;
(4) declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq;
(5) congratulates Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq's new constitution;
(6) calls upon the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom; and
(7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

To put it another way, over 3/4 of Democrats voted declared with their votes that:

(1) Democrats do not honor "all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror".

(2) Democrats do not honor "the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle".

(3) Democrats do want "to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq", a cut-and-run strategy that would put our good Iraqi friends in peril and would make America's international commitments worthless.

(4) Democrats are not "committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq". That is, Democrats do not care whether Iraq is free and secure.

(5) Democrats do not congratulate "Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq's new constitution".

(6) Democrats do not want "the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom".

(7) Democrats refuse to declare "that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary".

House Democrats and Republicans have gone on the record with this vote on supporting the War on Terror. (Hat tip to Power Line.) Republicans voted 214-3 for the resolution. Democrats voted 149-42 against the resolution. One independent, a socialist, voted against the resolution. The parties have made clear which one vigorously supports the War on Terror and which one opposes the War on Terror.

This is an amazing vote. The War on Terror is the nation's top priority and will continue to be for a long time, and over 3/4 of House Democrats are not willing to support the War on Terror and to do what is necessary to protect America and its citizens from a repeat of 9/11. A vote for a Democrat candidate for the House of Representatives this fall is a vote against vigorous prosecution of the War on Terror. Take note of this vote, America, and remember that your vote this fall will have consequences.

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