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 testimony 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. 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.
Hugh Hewitt: Senators In Urgent Need Of Your Views
My Townhall.com column deals with the pledge, but there is even greater urgency to the task of bringing informed pressure to bear on GOP senators gone wobbly on the war. If you are a blogger, please consider posting the contact information below and urging your readers to join in the effort to wake up the GOP Senate caucus. Send along Dean’s post below as a primer on how senators are supposed to act when difficult political decisions loom affecting the life of their country and the conduct of a war.
The Biden resolution is wrong as is the Warner resolution.
None of the GOP Senators better “peel off” and vote for cloture. If they do, there is the pledge.
The Warner resolution encourages the enemy, and that is according to the testimony of General David Petraeus. Not only should it have zero co-sponsors, there should be zero GOP support for any of its first cousin resolutions. In my interview with him yesterday, Norm Coleman indicated that he will reconsider support for the resolution, and every Republican named in this story needs to hear from you as well. E-mailers tell me that Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and George Voinovich of Ohio are also among those who were considering the Warner resolution prior to the Petraeus testimony.
Please spend the day working the phones and the e-mail to let these senators and the GOP leadership know that the Warner resolution is unacceptable. Sign the pledge and ask your friends and family to do so as well (more than 6,000 have done so in 18 hours.). The country is not defeatist, does support victory in Iraq, and most certainly does not support encouraging the enemy.
The contact information:
Please tell the candidates in the â€™08 cycle especially â€“Alexander, Collins, Coleman and Smith and would be presidential nominee Brownbackâ€”that a vote for the Warner resolution is the end of support for them and the NRSC.
Senator Alexanderâ€™s phone: (202) 224-4944. His e-mail is here.
Senator Brownbackâ€™s phone: (202) 224-6521. His e-mail is here.
Senator Colemanâ€™s phone: (202) 224-5641.His e-mail is here.
Senator Collinsâ€™ phone: (202) 224-2523. Her e-mail is here.
Senator Smithâ€™s phone: (202) 224-3753. His e-mail is here.
Senator Voinovich’s phone: (202) 224-3353. His e-mail is here.
The GOP leadership, which need to announce that no resolution will voted on that encourages the enemy, and that includes the Warner resolution or any cousin of the Warner resolution:
Minority Leader Mitch McConnellâ€™s phone is (202) 224-2541. His e-mail is here.
Minority Whip Trent Lottâ€™s phone is (202) 224-6253. His e-mail is here.
Senator Jon Kylâ€™s phone is (202) 224-4521. His e-mail is here.
Senator John Ensignâ€™s phone is (202) 224-6244. His e-mail is here.
Thanks to Hugh.
Our troops deserve better and the President must be allowed to stabilize Iraq.
Take the Pledge and make the calls…….
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