Take the pledge. This is the temporary site. The full-service site will be up soon.
If you are a blogger who has taken the pledge and linked to the site, please send me a note so I can add your support here.
I interviewed Tony Snow at the top of the program today, and Senator Norm Coleman is scheduled in hour two.
After you have taken the pledge, please call Senator McConnell’s office and urge a filibuster of Senator Biden’s and Senator Warner’s resolutions.
Senator McConnell’s office number is (202) 224-2541. The capitol switchboard is 202-225-3121. Senator McConnell’s e-mail is here.
Yesterday General Petraeus testified that the Biden/Warner resolutions and those like them encourage the enemy.
What does it mean, “to encourage the enemy?”
It means that the enemy gathers will and strength from the prospect of a collapsing political will to seek victory in Iraq and stability in the region.
With that additional strength and will the enemy redoubles and retriples efforts to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
In short, it means that more Americans will die.
If there is ever an issue for which a filibuster is obviously called, it is such a resolution, especially in the aftermath of such testimony.
Either the Republicans believe General Petraeus, or they don’t. These are not a “non-binding” resolutions in the sense that they have no consequences. Either of them will have terrible consequences.
Don’t believe me. Believe General Petraeus.
And act accordingly. next week should mark an epic and important debate in the United States Senate. I hope that 39 Republicans will join at least Senator Joseph Lieberman is standing by the troops and their commander in iraq, as well as the president.
If the Republican senate cannot muster even that level of courage and commitment, I doubt very much if the Republican and independent (and even some Democratic voters) will forget or forgive.
If your party will not support the war and the troops, why support the party?
But if the Senate Republicans stand firm in defense of the war and the troops and their general, as well as their president, and do so next week and every week that an attempt is mounted to undercut the war, endanger the troops and weaken the presidency, their reputation and their support will grow and grow.
And if they hang together next week and turn back this effort, they will not have to do so again and again. The Democrats have decided to destroy the war effort in their first month in the majority, regardless of the cost. They need to be opposed. Now.
UPDATE: Bloggers taking the pledge:
UPDATE/UPDATE: The blogroll has been established at the pledge site. Please visit the blogroll there.