THE TROOP SURGE DEBATE
You really have to hand it to those heading up the ruling cabal. They may be a lot of things, but stupid isn�t one of them. They have all the rats in Congress running around chasing their own tails, arguing about the additional 20,000 troops they want to send to Iraq � all the while knowing full well that this would be a futile effort, only serving to prolong the inevitable and tragic end to this bloody catastrophe.
Our politicians are playing right along with the game, grandstanding on the issue while haggling over meaningless deployment numbers. They all know that even if we could find the additional troops, sending them into Iraq would only lead to more death and destruction on both sides. They all know this �war� is lost, and that no amount of escalation is going to turn it around.
The real story here is that while this escalation debate is being played out in the media, Congress will use this diversion to sidestep the tough decision most Americans really want them to make�
THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GET EVERY AMERICAN TROOP OUT OF IRAQ!
The use of this type of diversion is a well-proven tactic to keep us distracted - which is probably why it gets used over and over again. While our attention is drawn off to a side issue, be it a surge in troops, calls to �fight them over there rather than over here,� or to �support our troops,� the real action always goes on behind the scene. In this case it is that the leaders of both parties want to hide the fact that they are complicit in the Iraqi war crimes, either by their initial vote to abdicate their war-making powers, or in their continued funding of Bush�s madness.
We can be sure the troop surge debate will be milked for all it is worth. We can also be sure that when the final decision is made, the American people will have forgotten what the original debate was supposed to be about.
At a recent Ron Wyden town hall meeting, I pointed out to the Oregon Senator that our Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to fund and regulate the military, which means Congress can demand that our troops are brought home - regardless of what the President may say.
In front of over a hundred witnesses, this U.S Senator (a Democrat, who voted against the original invasion) told me that I was using a legalistic argument, and that things are more complicated than that. While giving me a figurative pat on the head, (there now, my little constituent) he did let us know that he is opposed to sending �more troops,� but refused to say whether he was going to vote for continued funding of the war, or demand the immediate return of our boys - proving that he has already fallen for the head fake.
We have had enough of this Congressional gamesmanship. It is time for real leaders to step forward and make the tough call � end the carnage! Bring our boys home!
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Dave Brownlow, a regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, is Vice Chairman of the Constitution Party of Oregon, and a veteran of three congressional campaigns. He is an engineer, entrepreneur, and 25 year political and pro-life activist. He resides in Damascus, Oregon with Suzanne, his wife of 25 years, and their four children. Their son Jared is currently deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army.
In front of over a hundred witnesses, this U.S Senator (a Democrat, who voted against the original invasion) told me that I was using a legalistic argument, and that things are more complicated than that.