Today’s vote completes work on the rarest of bills: legislation to try to end a major war as fighting still rages. Democrats hope to send the measure to the White House on Monday, almost exactly four years after President Bush declared an end to major combat in a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. That would be a particularly pungent political anniversary for Bush to deliver only the second veto of his presidency.
Last night’s House vote came after a fiery, partisan debate that has grown familiar after months of wrangling, first over a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush’s troop increase, then over the largest war spending bill in U.S. history.
The largest war spending bill in U.S. history. This is a vote not only about a lack of confidence in our current leadership’s ability to prosecute the war effectively, but also a vote about our own priorities.
In short, do we keep pouring billions into a war that seems lost or do we focus our energies elsewhere?
Here’s the response from both sides…
“How many more suicide bombs must kill American soldiers before this president offers a timeline for our troops to come home?” asked Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.), a freshman Iraq war veteran who lost nine fellow paratroopers this week in one of the deadliest attacks of the war. “How many more military leaders must declare the war will not be won militarily before this president demands that the Iraqis stand up and fight for their country? How many more terrorists will President Bush’s foreign policy breed before he focuses a new strategy, a real strategy? This bill says enough is enough.”
“Every generation of Americans have had their obligation to stand up and protect their country, not just for today but for tomorrow and the next generation,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said. “We have a solemn obligation to the American people to finish the job we started.”
The problem is, they’re both right.
However, the Bush administration has so mishandled this war, many just don’t care about finishing what we started. They don’t see it as a solemn obligation to Americans. They see it as choice, and they’re choosing the Dems and withdrawal.
What are you choosing?