First, Pres. Bush is strong and resolute. He is willing to be right and unpopular.
Second, our solders are risking their lives.
Third, the war critics are just talking and risking nothing. They are working on a non-binding resolution, which is a worthless document.
Did your parents ever give you a non-binding resolution? Not mine!
The contrast was evident today in the Senate:
"LIEBERMAN: “I want to ask you, what effect would Senate passage of a resolution of disapproval of this new way ahead that you embrace, what effect would it have on our enemies in Iraq?”
PETRAEUS: This is a test of wills at the end of the day, and in that regard, speaking purely as a military commander if confirmed, albeit, one who frankly does understand enormously and treasures the value of free and open debate, free speech, who has put himself in harm's way to protect those great features of our democracy, nonetheless, having said that, a commander in such an endeavor would obviously like the enemy to feel that there's no hope.
LIEBERMAN: And the resolution, Senate-passed resolution of disapproval for this new strategy in Iraq would give the enemy some encouragement, some feeling that -- that -- well, some clear expression that the American people were divided?
PETRAEUS: That's correct, sir."
It's time for the critics to stand up and vote on a binding resolution. Otherwise, they need to get out of the way and let Pres. Bush conduct the war.
As our leaders position themselves for next year's primaries, the world goes on:
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