I have read the text of th e new draft resolution (text as of this afternoon below) from a group of senators including McCain / Lieberman / Graham / Cornyn/ Hutchinson/ Domenici/ Thune/ Hatch/ Roberts, and while it retains the absurd “benchmarks” language, it is generally sound and not defeatist in the least. It does not threaten explicitly or by implication to cut and run on the Iraqis if the battle for the country’s future remains difficult. It deserves the support of all Republicans and those Democrats serious about victory the war and clear-eyed about the enemy. Senators Warner and Collins should immediately abandon their support for, as Howard Dean put it earlier today, the Levin-Warner resolution repudiating the president’s policy and sign on to the GOP resolution.
The House Republicans should follow the example of the Senate GOP and get the Boehmer resolution reformed to reflect the national security seriousness of the GOP.
The GOP leadership n the House:
Congressman John Boehner: (202) 225-6205 Fax (202) 225-0704. E-mail here
Congressman Roy Blunt: (202)-225-6536 Fax (202)-225-5604 E-mail here.
Congressman Eric Cantor: (202)-225-2815 Fax (202)-225-0011. (No e-mail available.)
The leadership and key GOP members n the Senate:
Senator Mitch McConnell: 202-224-2541 Fax: 202-224-2499. E-mail here.
Senator Trent Lott: Phone: 202-224-6253 Fax: (202)-224-2262 E-mail here.
Senator Jon Kyl: Phone: (202) 224-4521 Fax: (202) 224-2207 E-mail here.
Senator John Ensign: (202)-224-6244 Fax: 202-228-2193. E-mail here.
Senator John McCain: Phone: (202)-224-2235 Fax (202)-228-2862. E-mail here.
Senator John Warner: Phone: (202) 224-2023 Fax: (202) 224-6295. E-mail here.
Senator John Cornyn: Phone:202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856. E-mail here.
Senator Pat Roberts: Phone (202) 224-4774 E-mail here.
Senator Gordon Smith: Phone: 202-224-3753 Fax: 202-228-3997. E-mail here.
Senator Norm Coleman: Phone: 202-224-5641 Fax: 202-224-1152.E-mail here
The text: (Changes from the 1/26 draft highlighted)
S. RES. __________________________
Expressing the sense of the Senate that the Commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq and all United States personnel under his command should receive from Congress the full support necessary to carry out the United States mission in Iraq
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Mc. McCain (for himself, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Graham, Mr. Cornyn, Mrs. Hutchison, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Thune, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Roberts) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on __________________.
Expressing the sense of the Senate that the Commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq and all United States personnel under his command should receive from Congress the full support necessary to carry out the United States mission in Iraq.
Whereas more than 137,000 members of the Armed Forces of the United States are currently serving in Iraq, like thousands of others since March 2003, with the bravery and professionalism consistent with the finest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States, and deserve the support of all Americans.
Whereas past mistakes in United States strategy, aggression by various groups that reject peace, and other difficulties have contributed to a dire security situation in Iraq characterized by insurgent activity and sectarian violence;
Whereas a failed state in Iraq would present a threat to regional and world peace, and the long-term security interests of the United States are best served by an Iraq that can sustain, govern, and defend itself;
Whereas no amount of additional United States forces in Iraq can effect this outcome in Iraq unless the people and Government of Iraq take difficult political steps toward reconciliation;
Whereas the establishment of a basic level of security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq is an essential pre-condition for reconciliation and political and economic progress in Iraq;
Whereas these steps must include the fulfillment of military, political, and economic commitments that the Government of Iraq has made to the United States and to the people of Iraq;
Whereas Iraqi political leaders must show visible progress toward meeting specific benchmarks, including