January 30, 2007
This is resolution week. The senate will debate what kind of resolution to pass in opposition to the president’s Iraq policy. Senators will call it a non-binding resolution, though foreign relations committee chairman and presidential ‘wannabee’ Joe Biden threatens stronger action if the president won’t do what he wants.
These resolutions are about political power, not victory over the insurgents and terrorists. These resolutions are about winning the White House for democrats and preserving vulnerable republican congressional seats. They are not about winning the war. Over the weekend, at least 250 insurgents were killed in an attack led by Iraqi troops. The Sunni insurgents were said to be plotting to kill worshippers at a major Shi’ite religious festival.
What will happen to those who vote for resolutions but lack resolve, especially if the troop surge starts turning things around in Iraq? If things do turn around, the people who wouldn’t support the president are going to turn into political dead meat.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.