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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Editorial: Now is the time

Now is the time to bring our troops home. The senate will not reach the 60 votes necessary to pass a bill that would bring our troops home in 120 days. The Republicans say to wait until September to see if there are any changes. But what changes can be made in a month? And how can the Iraqi government make any changes when they take that month off. Yes, the Iraqi government is, like our own, taking August off. So how will there be any significant improvement if the government isn’t even at work? When pressed about this Press Secretary Tony Snow commented on how it’s 130 degrees in Baghdad in August. And at first this seems like a poor excuse. Looking deeper this is perhaps the most arrogant and offensive thing that the White House has ever said about the Iraq War. It is a slap in the face to all of our men and women in uniforms to say that the Iraqi government that they are there to protect, precisely so that government can make progress, can’t meet because it’s too hot, while they patrol outside in that 130 degree heat wearing 40 lbs of gear. So why should they have to work, and die when the government isn’t working? How is that supporting our troops? Allowing them to continue to try and quell a civil war, and protect a government that isn’t working, and doesn’t want to work, and whose leader says our troops can leave at any time. That is not in the best interests of our troops. It is a profoundly careless move to put our men and women in harm’s way, knowing that some will die, just to buy political time. Everyone knows that there will be no progress made in just one month, a month where a government isn’t even in session. The White House knows this. The Senate knows this. Yet the republican delegation doesn’t wants to continue to stay the course. They’d rather let more Americans die than admit they are wrong. The Iraqis want us to leave. The American People want their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, to come home, to leave the dishonest, perhaps illegal hell that is the Stop Loss program. This is the time to bring them home. The senate has a chance. But will ultimately fall a few votes short. How will those who voted against this withdrawal be able to ever again say anything about morality or patriotism with any credibility, let alone sleep at night, knowing that all of our brave fighting men and women who will fall in their service in this next month, died as a result of their political anxieties? There will be blood on their hands because they have no spines.

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