Well, there are now three things certain in life. Death, taxes and the abject depravity of our current US Senate. They will dicker around for weeks on end, failing to bring forward meaningful consensus legislation on the most important issues facing us, but they can muster up enough steam in mere days to sell out our civil rights on FISA and pass a bone-headed resolution condemning constitutionally protected free speech? Words fail to convey my utter disgust.
Twenty-five Democrats joined into this tax dollar wasting GOP bashfest and the worst turncoat of all was Webb. Talk about a slap in the face. The same people he condemns with this vote are the ones who took up his call for assistance on his amendment. It's disappointing enough that it was defeated, but it's almost unendurably crushing that Webb would turn around and hours later vote to rebuke valid criticisms of the political apartchik, masquerading as a functioning military general, who is responsible for the exhausting of our troops. And while I'm bitching, why is it I have to go to a blog to get the vote count? Would it kill the MSM to provide a link to the roll call?
Anyway, word up to Mr. Webb. You have now betrayed us just as much as Petraeus and you continue to do so every time you vote to enable the White House agenda, which in effect is a betrayal of the troops who depend on you to make decisions in their best interests, not yours. In case you're interested, here's the appropriate response.
“I commend MoveOn for their ad and for speaking truth to power,” said Stark. “Up is not down, the earth is not flat, and the surge is not working. General Petreaus betrayed his own reputation by standing with George Bush in opposition to the timely withdrawal of all of our brave men and women from Iraq. I thank MoveOn for their patriotic ad and call on Petreaus to help Bush end a war the President should have never started.” – California Congressman Pete Stark
And why did Harry Reid even let this get to the floor in the first place? I listened for six years to the Democrats whine that they couldn't move their legislative efforts forward because they were the minority party and the majority leader blocked it. So why is the minority party now able to continue dictating the rules of the game? Take some control Harry. We didn't give you the majority so you could continue cowering to perceived power that doesn't even exist anymore, outside of the fevered imaginations inside the beltway's conventionally wise set.