The Murtha Resolution

The big talk floating around right now, everywhere from Drudge to Kos, is that there will be a vote in the House, tonight at 7PM, designed specifically by the Republican leadership to force Democrats to on the record about the Iraq War. Here's the language of the resolution, courtesy of The Hotline Blog.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.

But it's not actually Murtha's resolution that they'll be voting on. They've completely gutted and rewritten it. Here is the actual text of Murtha's resolution, which will not be up for a vote tonight.

Whereas Congress and the American People have not been shown clear, measurable progress toward establishment of stable and improving security in Iraq or of a stable and improving economy in Iraq, both of which are essential to "promote the emergence of a democratic government";

Whereas additional stabilization in Iraq by U, S. military forces cannot be achieved without the deployment of hundreds of thousands of additional U S. troops, which in turn cannot be achieved without a military draft;

Whereas more than $277 billion has been appropriated by the United States Congress to prosecute U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan;

Whereas, as of the drafting of this resolution, 2,079 U.S. troops have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom;

Whereas U.S. forces have become the target of the insurgency,

Whereas, according to recent polls, over 80% of the Iraqi people want U.S. forces out of Iraq;

Whereas polls also indicate that 45% of the Iraqi people feel that the attacks on U.S. forces are justified;

Whereas, due to the foregoing, Congress finds it evident that continuing U.S. military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the people of Iraq, or the Persian Gulf Region, which were cited in Public Law 107-243 as justification for undertaking such action;

Therefore be it

          1) Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in

          2) Congress assembled,

          3) That:

          4) Section 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is

          5) hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable

          6) date.

          7) Section 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S Marines

          8) shall be deployed in the region.

          9) Section 3 The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq

          10) through diplomacy.

My advice to the entire Democratic caucus is to not take the bait. The entire caucus should abstain from voting altogether. And the Republicans should be called out for their bullying tactics. The Democrats must make it clear to anyone who will listen that this "Murtha vote" is not a vote on the Murtha resolution at all, but rather a caricature of his resolution, thrown together by hot headed Republicans, eager to jam up the opposition.

The Democrats have recently been wrongfully accused of playing politics with the war for doing nothing more than demanding accountability and results. Now, at the height of hypocrisy, the Republican Party is putting on the table a two sentence resolution that mocks perhaps the most serious issue of our day. There should be a vote on the Murtha resolution -- the real Murtha resolution. And that vote should be held after there has been time for open debate on the merits of the actual resolution. Some Democrats would vote yes, some would vote no.  I'm sure there would be legitimate reasons for both.

But this isn't about legitimate debate or serious policy formation. The is the House Republicans going off half-cocked with a hurry-up vote designed not to help the troops, but instead to muddy the waters of the debate. This vote puts the hypocrisy and immaturity of the Republican Party on display for all to see.

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Vote for Murtha, vote against Hunter.
by kydem 2005-11-18 12:34PM | 0 recs
Immediately sounds good to me.
Obviously, switching the resolutions to make voting for the right course of action sound more extreme is a Republican dirty trick, but if this is the only resolution that can be brought to the floor, it should still be supported.

"Immediately" obviously doesn't mean overnight -- it just means as quickly as can be practically and safely accomplished.

by Lex 2005-11-18 12:45PM | 0 recs
It's a trap
However, if the rules permit amendments, Pelosi should offer the amendment to delete all the wording and substitute <insert Murtha resolution here>.

That way, Murtha's resolution gets an up or down vote, even if it's a vote on an amendment.

If the Rule does not allow amendments, Pelosi should attach the resolution to every piece of legislation that does.

Now we will see how crafty a parlementarian she is.

by antiHyde 2005-11-18 01:12PM | 0 recs
How can we expect the media and the general public to appreciate that this is not the Murtha resolution, when even a front-pager here doesn't understand the difference? We MUST make clear that we are NOT voting on the Murtha resolution. This is a Republican caricature of what they think it means to oppose the war.
by ltsply2 2005-11-18 02:21PM | 0 recs
Why are they playing games?
Are they children? Perhaps they should resign and let adults take over.
by Paul Goodman 2005-11-18 02:25PM | 0 recs
They Are Not Our Legitimate Government.
They were installed by the computer voting apparatus, which wass cloaked by their fraudulent media syndicate. They are not our actual government. They have no authority, save that which issues from the barrel of their illegitimate guns.
by blues 2005-11-18 06:30PM | 0 recs
The Dems buckled
Why vote no?

Why not abstain and say that they will be happy to vote ON MURTHA'S RESOLUTION.

Pelosi needs to be fired.

by Paul Goodman 2005-11-18 06:32PM | 0 recs
Re: The Dems buckled
Just minutes ago, I was watching ABC news (looking for the weather report). The spin is that Democrats joined Republicans in voting down a resolution to withdraw from Iraq. No mention of the word "immediate", the implication being that the war is only opposed by three Democrats. The Schmidt smear was aired in its entirety. Kerry was on later and made some good points, but didn't say that this was not Murtha's proposal. He didn't explain at all about the vote, leaving the impression that Murtha had lost his nerve. Of course, he plugged HIS proposal for phased withdrawal, implying that he is the only Democrat with a plan. What a worthless piece of shit! He had the chance to be the Party spokesman, was billed as such, and instead took the oppurtunity for personal aggrandizement. And we are expected to run him again? Everything was "I,I,I", no "We".
by antiHyde 2005-11-19 03:22AM | 0 recs
The lesson learned
is that Pelosi needs to go. She has been an abject failure from day one.
by Paul Goodman 2005-11-18 06:46PM | 0 recs
Re: The lesson learned
She voted for the war and hung a real war hero out to dry. Her district is opposed to this war by a 3-1 ratio. Her days are numbered. There's a Green, Matt Gonzalez, who can win this district.


by Seldom Seen Smith 2005-11-18 09:22PM | 0 recs
Pelosi's war vote

let's see, Pelosi, Pelosi... nope, it's under "Nay".

by johnny longtorso 2005-11-19 05:26AM | 0 recs
Schmidt Remarks - Ford, Meehan
From the AP story on the debate which culminated in reprehensible remarks by Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt:

The fiery, emotional debate climaxed when Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, the most junior member of the House, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.

"He asked me to send Congress a message _ stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message _ that cowards cut and run, Marines never do," Schmidt said.

Democrats booed and shouted her down _ causing the House to come to a standstill.

Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber's center aisle screaming that it was an uncalled for personal attack. "You guys are pathetic. Pathetic," yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

Representative Harold Ford, I salute your show of temper!

Representative Marty Meehan, so true, so true.

Democratic booers and shout downers, you booed and shouted down for me today. Thank you.

by Curt Matlock 2005-11-18 07:05PM | 0 recs


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