Senators Attempt Iraq Hit-and-Run

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Regardless of what you think about whether we should have invaded Iraq to begin with, surely we bear the moral responsibility not to leave Iraq in a position that the list of people below would be the first to describe as terrible, especially given that they will have a very tough time making any progress toward a secure country with the current state of their forces. Given that the thirteen senators listed below will also be the first to say that we caused this situation, it's amazing to me that they will deny that it's our moral responsibility to do what we can to make reparations or amends. I think it's thoroughly immoral that anyone would be willing to vote to pull us out by a certain deadline without caring if the Iraqi military forces will by that time be able to handle the situation themselves. I have less to say about the other amendment that the Senate also rejected today, since that involves more complicated issues that I haven't investigated (and am in no position physically to do any investigating today), but I think the following senators deserve a severe reprimand from their consistuents for their unwillingness to take responsibility for the bad situation they are so happy to say we caused. Those most critical of the invasion of Iraq and our continued efforts there, particularly those who emphasize the negative consequences of that action, have no intellectual right to demand that we leave Iraq in its current state (or even in the expected state one year from now, which is how the amendment was worded).

Here are the offenders:

Akaka (D-HI)
Boxer (D-CA)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Wyden (D-OR)

For the Senate's official listing, see here. Senator Rockefeller of WV did not vote. I'm not sure if he was simply not able to make it or if he was unwilling to commit himself on the issue.

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All we are saying, is give peace a chance.

You mean to tell me that allowing violent insurgents to kill people without a good enough structure to prevent such violence counts as peace?

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