Jules Crittendon has more on the Diyala battle, but the toll in the field underscores the necessity of getting the support the troops need from the Congress asap. The absurd theater underway on the Hill –delaying the supplemental appropriations bill that will be vetoed and thus delaying the next bill with the support– is shameful when brave soldiers and Marines are fighting and dying. The Democrats don’t have the votes to shut down the war, so they need to stop the charade and get the miulitary the money it needs.
UPDATE: The Vice President’s remarks today, delivered while at the Congress:
VPOTUS: I usually avoid press comment when i’m up here, but i felt so strongly about what senator reid said in the last couple of days that i thought it was appropriate that i come out today and make a statement that i think needs to be made. I thought his speech yesterday was unfortunate, that his comments were uninformed and misleading. Senator reid has taken many positions on iraq. He has threatened that if the president vetoes the current pending supplemental legislation that he will send up senator russ feingold’s bill to defund iraq operations altogether. Yet only last november, senator reid said there would be no cut-off of funds for the military in iraq. So in less than six months time, senator reid has gone from pledging full funding for the military, then full funding with conditions, and then a cut-off of funding. Three positions in five months on the most important foreign policy question facing the nation and our troops. Yesterday, senator reid said the troop surge was against the recommendations of the iraq study group. That is plainly false. The iraq study group report was explicitly favorable toward a troop surge to secure baghdad. Senator reid said there should be a regional conference on iraq. Apparently he didn’t know that there is going to be one next week. Senator reid said he doesn’t have real substantive meetings with the president. Yet immediately following last week’s meeting at the white house, he said it was a good exchange. Everyone voiced their considered opinion about the war in iraq, end quote. What’s most troubling about senator reid’s comments yesterday is his defeatism. Indeed, last week he said the war is already lost. And the timetable legislation that he is now pursuing would guarantee defeat. Maybe it’s a political calculation. Some democratic leadered seem to believe that blind opposition to the new strategy in iraq is good politics. Senator reid himself has said that the war in iraq will bring his party more seats in the next election. It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage. Leaders should make decisions based on the security interest of our country, not on the interest of their political party. Thank you.