Anger is growing over the sudden and stunning desertion by Senate Republicans of the president and the battle for Iraq. But don’t e-mail me. E-mail and call the three people who can stop this nonsense:
Senate Majority Leader Frist, (202) 224-3344, e-mail
Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, (202) 224-2541, e-mail
Armed Services Chairman John Warner, (202) 224-2023, e-mail
You can also use the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
Demand the resolution be withdrawn. At a minimum the Senate must allow a few days for the American people to weigh in on this proposed retreat.
The proposed Senate resolution is an unmistakable vote-of-no-confidence in the Administration, and the best gift the United States Senate could give Zarqawi and his terrorist ranks. It is almost incomprehensible that Senate Republicans could see this in any other fashion.
Suddenly we are back where we were when the Congress turned on the Vietnam War. Hopefully some Republicans will emerge to lead the fight against this ill-advised and deeply defeatist onset of the shakes.
The hard left gets it. See this post at Pandagon:
Cat Killer Frist and John Warner of Virginia want to get their party out of the vortex sucking down the Chimp and are moving, with a non-binding resolution, to solidify their position with the equivalent of a no-confidence vote on Bush’s Iraq policy.
This move came after Dems Carl Levin, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Chris Dodd of Connecticut and John Kerry took turns pummeling Bush policy on Iraq on the Senate floor yesterday.
Ed Morrissey writes that he “would hesitate in reading [the resolution] as a capitulation in any circumstance.”
Sorry, Ed. The left knows what it is. Zarqawi will know what it is. And any fair observer has to see it for it is. Read this:
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, said he saw the proposal as a potential “turning point” in Congressional deliberation over Iraq and related issues.
There will be no spinning this as a necessary bit of Congressional oversight.
There can be no “timetable” in a war with Islamofascism, and Senate resolutions do nothing to deter the next attack on America.
Scrappleface gets it:
Zarqawi Backs GOP Call to Unveil War-Ending Plan
by Scott Ott
(2005-11-15) ‘” Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, today endorsed a measure introduced by Senate Republicans that would force President George Bush to layout his plan for ending the war against terrorists in Iraq.
‘We think it is important for a democracy such as the United States to be transparent with the public,’