Friday, September 21, 2007

Ruinous resolution

By Libby
Updated below and again

As long as I'm ragging on the Democrats today, this from a piece on the latest failure of the Democrats to exert their control of the Congress, could use a little pre-emptive blog bombing. The nonsensical MoveOn rebuke was just stupid. This resolution is dangerous in that it will only encourage the chaos crowd in the White House.
The Senate also may vote on a “sense of the Senate” resolution that would say the policy of the United States is to “combat, contain and roll back” Iran and its surrogates in Iraq.

The resolution, by ­Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona and Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also would express the Senate’s view that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard should be designated a terrorist organization, a move the Bush administration is now considering.

Let me put this as simply as possible. No. No. No. The last thing in the world we need is for the Senate to find some sense in further demonizing Iran. Cheney has that well covered and just about everybody outside of the always wrong, "serious" punditry inside the beltway agree that bombing Iran would be insane. Let's not give the lunatics the keys to the asylum.

If Reid lets this get on the floor, I'll be pissed. If it gets on the floor and passes -- I swear I'm done with the Democrats for good.

Update By Cernig

Libby, get ready to be done with the Dems then because there's no way they will vote "no". Back in July Lieberman and Kyl were two of the sponsors of another Sense of the Senate resolution which passed 97-0 and said:
Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--

(1) the murder of members of the United States Armed Forces by a foreign government or its agents is an intolerable and unacceptable act against the United States by the foreign government in question; and

(2) the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran must take immediate action to end any training, arming, equipping, funding, advising, and any other forms of support that it or its agents are providing, and have provided, to Iraqi militias and insurgents, who are contributing to the destabilization of Iraq and are responsible for the murder of members of the United States Armed Forces.
Dem leaders like Levin and Salazar rushed to be included as co-sponsors.

At the time, I described the "yes" vote as comprising "97 sheeple in a big room" and predicted that "the Dems in the Senate have been neatly mousetrapped, again." That's exactly what has happened. Their votes for the last Sense of the Senate will make it impossible for them to vote against this new one - and the next.

You would think that they only need on such resolution - but the point isn't really to prove any Sense in the Senate, quite the reverse. The point is to give the war-hawks political cover for launching their war simply on Bush's 90-day say so and to make it impossible for the Senate not to then approve their fait accomplis.

Update by Libby: Point well taken Cernig and I do remember your post on the last resolution. But nothing is impossible. The Dems can and should prevent this from ever reaching the floor, if only the grounds that they're wasting time with unneccessary resolutions when they should be addressing the pressing issues of the people. They already have one resolution. They don't need two.

Their agenda is already overloaded just to pass budget bills to keep the government running. Iran is no immediate threat and as they've clearly demonstrated from Shiavo to MoveOn, that if it's an issue of importance -- to them -- they can move swiftly. To put this resolution on the floor at this time would be an almost criminally negligent waste of the taxpayer's time and money. There's simply no excuse for it.

If the Dems allow themselves to be bamboozled, again, into another White House win in such a winnable battle, I don't see any point in supporting them any further. They're never going to fight. They're counting on our fear of the GOP to carry them into 08. If their true intent is to simply continue the GOP's agenda under a new name, they can count me out.

Update by Libby: Jonathan Schwarz wonders why this isn't bigger news in the MSM. Good point, since I found it buried at the bottom of an article at CQ on the other failed amendments. One would think it would deserve page one attention on its own.

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