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“Mitchslapped”

Thursday, March 15, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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That’s the term flying around the e-mails discussing today’s vote in the Senate defeating the Democrats’ full throated demand for defeat on a timetable.  GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell rolled the Dems today.  And McConnell’s statement on the floor as to the president’s constitutional authority as Commander-in-Chief was pointed and correct.  Hat’s off to the new GOP chief.

Here’s a statement from McConnell’s office that deserves reading in full:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

“Setting a date certain for withdrawal will send a chill up the spine of every Iraqi who has dared to stand with America.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding S. J. Res. 9, the latest Democrat proposal to set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. The following are his remarks from the floor.

“Today, Senate Republicans will agree to move to a debate on an important question, and that question is this: Should a majority of Senators direct the activity of the War in Iraq?

“Republicans are eager to engage in this debate on the Reid Resolution because it’s different in kind from any previous Democratic proposal.

“It is unprecedented in the powers it would arrogate to the Congress in a time of war; it is a clear statement of retreat from the support that the Senate only recently gave to General David Petraeus; and its passage would be absolutely fatal to our mission in Iraq. “Previous resolutions proposed by the Democrats were a mere statement of opinion, or sentiment. This one has a binding quality. It would interfere with the President and General Petraeus’ operational authority to conduct the war in Iraq as he and his commanders see fit. It would substitute for their judgment the judgment of 535 members of Congress.

“And the judgment they’ve made is this: That Iraq is a distraction in the Global War on terror, and that U.S. troops should begin to withdraw in four months, with all combat forces leaving within a year. That’s the judgment that the Reid proposal makes.

“This is the memo our enemies have been waiting for.

“Osama Bin Laden and his followers have repeatedly said that the U.S. does not have the stomach for a long fight with the terrorists. Passage of the Reid Joint Resolution will be the first concrete sign since Sept. 11, 2001, that he was right on target.

“Timetables are bad. But don’t just take my word for it.

“Speaking at the National Press Club in 2005, my good friend the Majority Leader himself said this:

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