Thursday, November 17, 2005

Responses To The Senate Debacle

Although John McCain seems to suffer from a disease causing him to consistently get domestic issues wrong, he was right on the mark on Iraq in today's New York Post. In an editorial for the Post, McCain very correctly slammed the Senate's amendment on withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Key graphs:
Anyone reading the amendment gets the sense that the Senate's foremost objective is the draw-down of American troops. What it should have said is that America's first goal in Iraq is not to withdraw troops, but to win the war. All other policy decisions we make should support, and be subordinate to, the successful completion of our mission.

Morality, national security and the honor our fallen deserve all compel us to see our mission in Iraq through to victory.

A date is not an exit strategy. To suggest that it is only encourages our enemies, by indicating that the end to American intervention is near. It alienates our friends, who fear an insurgent victory, and tempts undecideds to join the anti-government ranks.

Think about this for a moment. Imagine Iraqis, working for the new government, considering whether to join the police force, or debating whether or not to take up arms. What will they think when they read that the Senate is pressing for steps toward draw-down?

Are they more or less likely to side with a government whose No. 1 partner hints at leaving?

The Senate has responded to the millions who braved bombs and threats to vote, who put their faith and trust in America and their government, by suggesting that our No. 1 priority is to bring our people home.

We have told insurgents that their violence does grind us down, that their horrific acts might be successful. But these are precisely the wrong messages. Our exit strategy in Iraq is not the withdrawal of our troops, it is victory.
The point made by McCain is a very good one. Since radical Islamic terrorists initiated their jihad against the America and the West, they have operated under the assumption that they will eventually wear us down and outlast us. The terrorists have been convinced that Americans cannot stomach the constant barrage of attacks against civilians for very long, so we will eventually give in. That is precisely the message that the Senate is sending with the resolution passed on Monday.

The Senate's resolution, along with its legislation giving enemy combatants the ability to appeal to U.S. federal courts, has given the insurgents in Iraq and al-Qaida operatives across the globe the incentive to fight for just that much longer, in the hopes that America's resilience will crack, leaving us defeated in the war on terror. With the Senate's resolution comes a slight glimmer of hope that America can be defeated, and any hope for our enemy is not good for American troops.

The Senate resolution is competely counter-productive to our efforts in the war, and it is striking to see that so many GOP Senators have failed to realize this. The resolution means prolonging the war on terror and our other enemies, it means more American soldiers will lose their lives, and it means that the Senate doesn't care that they are demoralizing our troops.

The longer these actions of the Senate stay on the books, the more detrimental they will be to the war effort. The Senate's resolution must be repealed, or at least replaced with a strong statement of support for the president, the war, and the troops. The sooner this happens, the better. But in the meantime, we must continue to express our dissatisfaction with those Senators who voted for this resolution, especially Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Armed Services Chairman John Warner.

Tell them to get a backbone. Demand that they show some fortitude and take the right course of action. Order them to start acting like Republicans, and to do the job that the base put them their to do.

For starters, get behind Alito's nomination to the SCOTUS, and show support for conservative judicial nominees. Join President Bush and Vice President Cheney's push back at the Dems' and the MSM's false and irresponsible criticism of the administration on Iraq. Get the debate going on the need for tax cuts and start drafting legislation to make it happen. And don't cave to the Democrats when you are the majority in both houses.

You have a job to do as Senators of the GOP, so start doing it.