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Senate Republicans Don’t Support the Troops

by Pamela Leavey

Why do Senate Republicans not support the troops?

Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats’ best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush’s Iraq strategy.

The measure to give troops as much rest time at home as they spent on their most recent tour overseas needed 60 votes to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate; it received just 56 votes, with 44 against.

It had been offered by Sen. Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran and former Navy secretary. The Democrat said U.S. troops are being “burned out” by repeated redeployments to Iraq, with tours of up to 15 months and less than a year off in between.

The plan was strongly opposed by the Bush administration — Pentagon Secretary Robert Gates called it a backdoor attempt to pull troops off the battlefield in the unpopular Iraq war, and said he would recommend Bush veto it if it passed. A similar bill has passed the House.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, vowed not to give up.

We on this side of the aisle are not going to stop waging the hard but necessary fight to responsibly end this war,” he said before the vote, adding that Republicans were “more interested in protecting their president than protecting the troops.”

What a crock… Blocking a “bipartisan proposal [Webb and Hagel] to lengthen the home leaves of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Why do Senate Republicans not support the troops?

2 Responses to “Senate Republicans Don’t Support the Troops”

  1. Too funny! Hillary refers to Cheney as Darth Vader…


  2. My understanding is that Warner voted against again. It seems like not much is required to have one Senator compliment another as being “principled and honorable”. In my opinion the ability to call bullshit bullshit is a mandatory requirement for qualifying as being principled and honorable and most of the members of “The Most Exclusive Club on Earth” don’t make it.