Saturday, June 13, 2009


House Democrats, once again, have been playing politics with the War Supplemental Bill that funds the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The House and the Senate versions of the bill moved into conference. House Democrats want to make substantial changes to the bill behind closed doors. These changes have outraged the Senate and lost support from the entire Republican caucus that is usually a sure vote for passing troop funding.

Democrats reduced the troop funding in the bill by $5 billion. They then placed $108 billion in unrestricted funds to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a global bailout package.

Then they went even farther, and stripped out the Graham-Lieberman amendment language that would bar the release of terrorist detainee photos being sought after by the ACLU.

President Obama was at first prepared to release those photos after a court ruled ACLU should receive them. He then backed off after military commanders -- including CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus -- told him that the release would probably cost the lives of American soldiers because they would inflame Islamic terrorists yet again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her uber-liberal Democrat base won a 17-13 straight party-line vote in conference in favor of endangering U.S. troops. The Speaker had put extreme pressure on the Democrat conferees to remove the amendment language to secure the ultra-liberal voting bloc. Republicans had refused to support the bill because of the billions of taxpayer dollars in unrestricted IMF loans to bailout foreign governments. Without Republicans, the Speaker didn’t have the votes needed to pass the troop funding bill. Now that the bill doesn’t contain the measure to protect the troops, she’ll be more likely to get the votes she needs for passage from the large contingent of far-left Democrats.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, read a letter from Obama which stated taking out the language was okay with him, because he was appealing the case to the Supreme Court. The 2nd Circuit Court has stayed the order to release the photos pending the outcome in the Supreme Court. Passage of the amendment would have ensured the outcome of the case, in effect classifying the documents for a period of three years.

If Nancy Pelosi cared at all about our troupes and their mission, she would stop handing our money away to bail out other countries problems and fund the mission we must win. Funding the mission would help other countries in immeasurable ways, not the least of which is the destruction of the Taliban and ending the threat of terrorist attacks in their cities. When will the left stop spending money like we have it to give away? When will they take this war seriously and give the military what it needs to win? This is the change Americans voted. And in the dead of night behind closed doors and a silent press, they are getting the government they deserve. In an unrelated development, Nancy Pelosi was found to have lower poll numbers than Dick Cheney.

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