Washington Post: Warner Backs Resolution Opposing Troop Increase
House GOP Seeks Monthly Accounting of Results in Iraq
Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, yesterday endorsed a new resolution opposing President Bush’s buildup of troops in Baghdad, as even some of the most loyal Republicans scrambled to register their concerns and distance themselves from an unpopular policy.
The resolution, unveiled the day before the president’s State of the Union address, is expected to garner the support of many Senate Republicans — especially those facing reelection next year. The measure appeals to many rank-and-file Republicans because it allows them to voice their differences with the administration without embracing the highly critical language of another bipartisan resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), one of the sharpest critics of the administration’s Iraq policy.
Senator Warner, grow a damn backbone would you?
Don’t you want the United States to suceed in Iraq? Why are you undercutting the efforts of our troops?
We are at war, sir.
Hugh Hewitt has A Letter To Senator Warner
Republican senators voting for the Warner resolution will never –never– repair the damage they are doing with their Republican base and serious-minded independents, and it is not because of any “disloyalty” to the party or the president. It is because of the injury they are dealing the troops and the war effort.
Flap urges everyone to call or fax Senator Warner: (202) 224-2023 Fax: (202) 224-6295
and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499
Tell them they are harming the Iraq War effort. Tell them respectfully and tell them often.
The “compromise” resolution is in fact a “vote of no confidence” in the war, and an encouragement to our enemies, as General Petraeus bluntly declared today.
Call the senators: 202-225-3121. Demand that they support the troops and the war, and tell them to listen to General Petraeus and the president.
If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimonyÂ of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution.Â Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.
Take the pledge, and tell the NRSC:
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GOP activists and donors built the GOP senate delegation, as well as the majority that was punted away.Â They can disassemble it as well, and GOP support for a neoappeasement resolution is exactly the way to start that process.
The Congressional GOP has to realize it cannot have it both ways –you can’t be for victory after you were against it.
And GOP senators –alone or as a group– definitely cannot count on the support of the base if any of them vote for appeasement.
Flap urges all GOP activists/bloggers /citizens to TAKE THE PLEDGE.