Members of the House, from both sides of the aisle, have made it clear today that they support the troops by opposing an escalation of the war in Iraq. In what probably is the most important vote they cast since the authorization to go to war, members showed great courage in rejecting the false rhetoric from the White House that the only way to support the troops is to be silent.
Let's be clear, this was a very important vote; a significant step in the right direction. This vote rejected the idea of further overextension of our already decimated forces, for more of the same policy, which has already failed. That is supporting our troops. This vote sent a message to terrorists that we are serious about finding a more responsible course in Iraq that will allow us to then turn our attention to finding and eliminating them.
The Senate now must follow suit. Tomorrow, they will have a chance to correct their shameful vote to disallow a debate on escalation and allow a simple up and down vote that asks whether they are with the troops or the president.
To disallow another vote is to allow the escalation of the war to move on, unchallenged.
To allow the president to reject the recommendations of the troops, generals, the Iraq Study Group, and the American people is to aid the enemy.
I say that, because an escalation of the war will help the insurgency in Iraq recruit, will help al Qaeda run free in Afghanistan, and will throw the region into deeper chaos. Our enemies would love nothing more than to see that happen.
The time has come for our Senators in Washington to back up all the rhetoric with a vote. Anything less is a dereliction of their duty under the Constitution.