Tuesday, February 13, 2007

GOP: Anti-escalation resolution debate should not be on merits of escalation

In a leaked letter to their GOP colleagues, Rep. Hoekstra and Rep. Shadegg direct their peers to expand the parameters of the debate to existential, if largely imagined, threat of global jihadist or militant Islam. Their reasoning is this:

Democrats want to force us to focus on defending the surge, making the case that it will work and explaining why the President's new Iraq policy is different from prior efforts and therefore justified.

We urge you to instead broaden the debate to the threat posed to Americans, the world, and all "unbelievers" by radical Islamists. We would further urge you to join us in educating the American people about the views of radical Islamists and the consequences of not defeating radical Islam in Iraq.

The debate should not be about the surge or its details. The debate should notbe about the Iraq war to date, mistakes that should be made, or whether we can, or cannot, win militarily. If we let Democrats force us into a debate on the surge or the situation in Iraq, we lose.


Hoekstra and Shadegg have joined the jihad and become spokesmen for al Queda today, uncritically parroting the wildest statements of Al Qaeda's Ayaman al-Zawahiri, and al Qaeda in Iraq's Zarqawi. Often they said something similar to this:

It is a mistake not to take our enemies at their word -Rep. Bill Shuster (R PA-09)

However, taking our enemies at their word, at face value especially when it has provided short term political value to the Administration, is what brought us to this point. A case in point is the often quoted testimony (under torture) of Sheik al-Libi, that Iraq provided chemical weapons training to al Qaeda. A trainer in the Afghani camps for groups including Al Qaeda on conducting and surving interrogation, it is the assertion of Omar Nasiri, one of the few Western spies to pentrate the Afghani training camps, that al-Libi decieved the CIA to lead us into a war against the apostate regime of Saddam Hussein, a sworn enemy of al Qaeda.

While many Republicans have joined the traitorous Hoekstra and Shadegg, a few appeared to appeal to reason, claim the Iraq Study Group report supported the surge.

And, of course, today what we debate is a tactic in the greater fight we are in. The new Commanding General has determined this surge is the right course of action. The Iraq Study Group was supportive of 'a short term redeployment or surge of American combat forces to stabilize Baghdad, or to speed up the training and equipping mission, if the U.S. commander in Iraq determines that such steps would be effective.'
[Statement of Rep. Roy Blunt]


In fact the quoted portion of the ISG report is buried deep in the report, and is not a recommendation, but part of a caveat. The several GOP Representatives who quoted this portion did not mention where it was, on page 73. The principle recommendation is not a surge, but the "new diplomatic offensive" which is discussed beginning on page 44.

Fear is the only tactic that the Republicans can rely on in maintaining their highly profitable, unconstitutional and criminal enterprise in Iraq. Find your courage, and call them out on their lies. Find your courage and network with your friends to stand up to the lies that are being told, and the misplaced fear that is being spread, to start the next war in Iran. We must bring the troops home, we must address the constitutional crisis, and impeach and imprison the worst actors in the current administration. We have that power. The power of governemnt in our system derives from the consent ofthe governed, and we have every right and a lot of responsibility to assert our will, our desire for meaningful peace and our rejection ofthe failed strategies and evil goals of some of these pathological, neo-con Republican leaders.

Strangely, it is conservative Republicans that are beginning to lead the Congress in blocking the Administration in its desire to start the next war: Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-NC has introduced House Joint Resolution 14: Concerning the use of military force by the United States against Iran. Pat Buchanan has written a little more on this. Apart from Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the most prominent Democrats are strangely silent on Iran.

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