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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Glorious Struggle

Passed today in the House of Representatives, and the culmination of Republican showboating over Iraq, was House Resolution 861. Note that it isn't an actual bill, but a non-binding resolution. It passed 256-153-- which strikes me as a remarkable number of 'nay' votes, considering that it was designed specifically to be used as a bludgeon against Democrats this fall.

A few choice passages:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;

(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; [the bludgeon]

(7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

So is it just me, or does the language call to mind phrases like 'imperialist oppressors' and 'capitalist running dogs'? At least we've officially won at some future date.