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Friday, February 16, 2007

Non-Binding House

As Vermont was the first state in the union to pass a resolution not just condemning the President’s recent surge in Iraq, but has expedited the call for an orderly withdraw of all troops from Iraq, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution(246-182) stating that same resolve. Unlike the Vermont Legislature, Congress does have the power to call for an end, unfortunately Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and other Democratic Party leaders have no wherewithal to appropriately act.

Congress has the power of the purse, so while the Democrats and a few Republicans trivially debate on a non-binding resolution more Americans and Iraqi’s await there deaths. Over a million Iraqi’s are now vacating their homes in an attempt to escape the violence in their war torn country. Presidential prerogative has repeatedly told us that the US troops are “liberators” and that it is our duty to assist them in rebuilding their country. A year and a half ago Vice-President Dick Cheney stated that “we’re at the final throes of the insurgency.” War hawks continually denied that there was a civil war, and much to our avail that is the case. Now rehashed rhetoric claims that US can not leave Iraq because turmoil would be unleashed in the region.

Americans overwhelming reject the continuation of the war. Former military generals are now speaking out against the course and the Iraq study group has called on beginning diplomatic relations with Iran and Syria as the proper course of action. So why does it appear that Congress has no intentions on dictating the direction to the President? Even more appalling is the mere observance of the rhetoric related towards Iran. Our country has already been lied to on one war but instead like a crazed mad man all inclinations are towards provoking and advancing war with Iran.

So as news flashes about the eminence of war with Iran are abundant and the half hearted attempts by the leaders in Congress to act I have lost a lot of hope in the promises of the last election. A firm stand must be taken on this war and Congress must reacquire it’s affirmation of legislation and dictate to this President the course of America. America can not afford any more war and nor the rest of the planet. Please contact your Representatives and Senators to stop the madness and demand they vote on fully binding resolutions.

Robb Kidd

“To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.” Noam Chomsky


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