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Ear to the Ground

Senate Nears Vote on Escalation

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Posted on Jan 24, 2007
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From left, Sens. Joseph Biden, Chuck Hagel and Carl Levin, sponsors of a resolution opposing Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the escalation of the war. While Vice President Dick Cheney is absolutely right when he says “It won’t stop us,” the measure will at least force lawmakers to take a stand on the issue until tougher legislation can be passed.


BBC:

Before the hearing Vice President Dick Cheney dismissed the objections, saying: “It won’t stop us, and it would be, I think, detrimental from the standpoint of the troops.”

Before the resolution goes to the full Senate, [Sen. Joseph R.] Biden has said he is willing to negotiate changes in hope of attracting support from more Republicans.

A growing list of Republican senators—including Gordon Smith, George Voinovich and Sam Brownback—have said they will back the proposals, AP news agency reports.

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By Steve Hammons, January 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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The new Congress may have the motivation, courage and honor to move strongly against the Bush administration on the Iraq War. We will see.

The American people need to stay on this case too, providing encouragement and support for senators and congressmen/women.

On the issue of impeachment, it certainly seems justified. However, like Nixon, impeachment of Bush and Cheney will result in a Republican replacement who would most likely grant pardons. The suspects would escape justice.

It might be wiser to pursue justice through criminal and civil legal actions after these people leave office, and redeploy troops from Iraq through other means.

Two articles looking at these psychological and tactical issues are below:

Congressional inquiries on Iraq War can enhance honor and strength of America

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
November 9, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=16328

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Going in circles: Vietnam, Iraq, calls for impeachment

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
January 12, 2007

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=19080

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By felicity, January 25, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Bravo, Peter Barta.  You have managed to put our six nightmarish years under the Bush Administration and a complicit Legislative Branch into one concise paragraph.

History will not only find our present “leaders” wanting, history may record a blow-by-blow series of events that led to the fall of this once great “city shining on a hill.”

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By DennisD, January 24, 2007 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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I have my alarm clock set for IMPEACHMENT. Anything less is a waste of my time. Let’s cut to the chase already.

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By Quy Tran, January 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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Yes “it won’t stop us…” from killing more innocent people and sacrifying more young U.S. troops in vain. “Papa” Cheney is always right. He’ll send his daughters and Bush’s princesses to Iraq.

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By Mary Hubbard, January 24, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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I totally support the Senate resolution to tell the president and the American People that sending another 22,000 troops to Iraq is a mindless sacrifice of young American lives.  The president took us into this war using untruths and fabricated “Foreign intelligence”.  Our president and vice-president have made a mockery of our prestige abroad and lost the trust of our allies and citizens.  If not for the vice-president, I would whole-heartedly indorse impeaching the president.  Our newly elected Democratic leaders, along with support form Republicans in the house and the senate must stop any more bloodshed in Iraq and bring our troops home.

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By Peter A. Barta, January 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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There are thousands of people dying in a war based on misrepresentations and lies, world opinion of our country is at a record low, the pointless U.S. occupation of Iraq is serving as a lightning rod for extremist groups around the globe and what does the Democratically “controlled” Congress, armed with a clear mandate from the American people, do? They seek to pass a non-binding resolution saying that maybe we shouldn’t send more troops into the quagmire? History will judge these politicians who, thrust upon the world stage, did very little indeed; as will the parents, friends and loved ones of those who will die in this disastrous conflict because nobody in Washington has the backbone to stand up the worst president in our nation’s history. And that’s not even touching on the concentration camps, secret trials and domestic spying that have made our Constitution wanting. History will indeed judge our current “leaders”...and find them wanting.

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