"If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution."
I and many others have been a critic of the conduct of this war. In many ways it appears to have been a war in search of a mission. The conduct of the war is replete with miserable political decisions. The use of the military has been Viet Nam Redux with political interference. The politics and diplomacy has been even worse. I can be as cynical as the next in criticism, but the action being taken by the Senate will force a collapse. It will confirm for another generation or two that the US is the same country that folded in support of Viet Nam, The Iranian Hostage crisis, The contra-war in Nicaragua, The Hungarian Revolution, the call to arms for the Shiite revolt against Saddam, The Cuban Bay of Pigs, the opposition to the Khmer Rouge,and the support of the Hmong.
If the Republicans want to end the war, walk down to The White House, face the President, make the call and then face the consequences, but do not kid yourself about the damage being done to the credibility of The United States of America.
I have signed the petition and urge you to do so as well, regardless of your criticisms of the conduct of this war and this Administration. Link to petition