"Our troops have become the enemy. We need to change direction in Iraq," said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a Democratic hawk whose call a day earlier for pulling out troops sparked a nasty, personal debate over the war.Friday:
The House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected calls for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, a vote engineered by the Republicans that was intended to fail. Democrats derided the vote as a political stunt.
The House voted 403-3 to reject a nonbinding resolution calling for an immediate troop withdrawal.
"We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will not retreat," Speaker Dennis Hastert, R- Ill., said as the GOP leadership pushed the issue to a vote over the protest of Democrats.
Political stunt? Absolutely. Effective? Completely. This should quiet down much of the inane debate that has been held over this war. Haven't we had enough of the crazy ideas? Do we need to hear another fool say we should pull all our troops out right now? No. Even DovBear would agree that such talk is stupid - let's focus on building up Iraq, both politically and militarily, so our troops can be home as soon as is feasible without endangering the Iraqi infrastructure. It's great for their country - but it's good for ours as well. Let's not forget that.