Senator Warner Votes Against His Own Resolution



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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 8:45am

Senator Warner Votes Against His Own Resolution

Republican Senator John Warner (VA) introduced a non-binding resolution on the Senate floor that disagreed with President Bush's plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.  Yesterday, when the votes were cast to proceed with the debate, Senator Warner voted not to continue.  That's right.  He introduced a resolution and then decided to oppose it.  Only in American politics!


Sen. John WarnerDespite a dozen Republicans publicly coming out against the troop surge in the last two weeks, only two of them, Norm Coleman (MN) and Susan Collins (ME), voted to debate the surge and the war in Iraq.  The rest of the cowards, especially John Warner and Chuck Hagel (NE), buckled to pressure exerted by the party leadership. 


I single out Senators Hagel and Warner because they were the most public about their opposition to the troop surge.  All week long you heard about how they didn't want to put more soldiers in harm's way.  They were vehemently against the surge, but when push came to shove and they had to vote, they went the other way.


Unfortunately, it looks like the Republicans have zero interest in fixing the situation in Iraq.  They are interested in two things and two things only:  protecting the president and protecting their career.  The last thing on their minds is the lives of American soldiers.


It doesn't matter what side you're on, but to not even talk about the biggest issue in a generation is pathetic. 


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