House to Vote on Iraq Resolution



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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 9:45am

House to Vote on Iraq Resolution

The House of Representatives are doing what the Senate could not.  The debate over the Iraq war raged on yesterday on the House floor, with Republicans imploring their members to stay on Bush's side and support the troop surge.  Many GOP members are expected to stand with the Democrats when the vote comes to the floor on Friday. 


 Each House member was allowed five minutes to make their case.  I chose to include the speech by Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA), a veteran of the Iraq war.  He is one of the few to have served in Iraq.  Even though he is a freshman Congressman, he speaks eloquently about this issue.


Unfortunately, some Republicans don't even want to debate the most important issue of our time.  Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) stated "If we let the Democrats force us into a debate on the surge or the current situation in Iraq, we lose."  What a sad comment by Mr. Hoekstra.  He's so worried about himself and his party, that he won't even discuss the war.  Whatever happened to putting the troops first?


The Republican leadership was pulling out all sorts of tricks to avoid a debate, even trotting out prisoners of the Vietnam war to defend their cause.  Former POW and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) painted the anti-war left as anti-American, apparently forgetting that whole freedom of speech thing he used to defend.


Disagreement is a good and healthy thing.  It helps keep the strong democracy we have here in the United States.  If conservatives want to fight for democracy in Iraq, they need to stop fighting so hard against it at home.


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