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Friday, June 16

How We Support The Troops

Yesterday Randi Rhodes was playing excerpts from the House floor earlier in the day regarding the sham for a debate of the Iraqi Invasion and Occupation, the Republican talking points sent to the Republican Senators ordering them to simply "swift boat" John Murtha and repeating the meme that you are "either with the president or you hate the troops", I felt a sudden urge to go to happy hour and I did.

Then when I came home, before I passed out, I read even more horrific proof that if you ARE with the president, then you DO hate the troops over at Huffington Post. It's a good thing I wasn't watching CSpan yesterday as I like to keep my blood pressure at manageable levels so I keep busy in the backyard and allow the sun to lighten further my long, flowing naturally blonde hair.

GOP Senators Defend Proposal That Gives Amnesty To Terrorists Who Kill US Troops

Huffington Post

TED STEVENS - "IF THAT'S AMNESTY, I'M FOR IT:" "I really believe we ought to try to find some way to encourage that country to demonstrate to those people who have been opposed to what we're trying to do, that it's worthwhile for them and their children to come forward and support this democracy. And if that's amnesty, I'm for it. I'd be for it. And if those people who are, come forward... if they bore arms against our people, what's the difference between those people that bore arms against the Union in the War between the States? What's the difference between the Germans and Japanese and all the people we've forgiven?" - Sen. Ted Stevens

MCCONNELL SUGGESTED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING IRAQIS FOR GIVING TERRORISTS AMNESTY. "...might it not just be as useful an exercise to be trying to pass a resolution commending the Iraqi government for the position that they've taken today with regard to this discussion of Amnesty?" - Sen. Mitch McConnell

ALEXANDER COMPARED IRAQI AMNESTY FOR TERRORISTS TO NELSON MANDELA'S PEACE EFFORTS. "Is it not true that Nelson Mandela's courage and his ability to create a process of reconciliation and forgiveness was a major factor in what has been a political miracle in Africa...Did not Nelson Mandela, win a - the co-winner of - a noble Nobel Peace Prize just for this sort of gesture?" - Sen. Lamar Alexander

CORNYN: IRAQI AMNESTY DEBATE IS "A DISTRACTION." "It makes no sense for the United States Senate to shake its finger at the new government of Iraq and to criticize them... it really is a distraction from the debate that I think the American people would want us to have." - Sen. John Cornyn

CHAMBLISS: AMNESTY IS OK FOR EX-INSURGENTS AS LONG AS THEY ARE ON OUR SIDE NOW. "Is it not true today that we have Iraqis who are fighting the war against the insurgents, who at one time fought against American troops and other coalition troops as they were marching to Baghdad, who have now come over to our side and are doing one heck of a job of fighting along, side by side, with Americans and coalition forces, attacking and killing insurgents on a daily basis?" - Sen. Saxby Chambliss

So this is how we SUPPORT THE TROOPS? Whatever it takes to allow Iraq to become a democracy is ok with the senators... even if it means forgiving those we call insurgents or terrorists (depending on what the debate du jour is) who attack their liberators, while the US builds a base larger and more extravagent than Vatican City in Iraq which means that the US is planning to live there permanently (some democratic government) and the senate also debates giving amnesty, god forbid, to Mexicans who came over the border to work in our country... but it's ok to kill the US troops (those expendable, easy to brainwash kids) because after all, it's a volunteer Army, so what the hell do they expect? Aargh.

Meanwhile, Americans are not buying this bullshit.

Gallup asked Americans if the war in Iraq had made things better off, the same, or worse off for six entities: the American people, the Iraqi people, the strength and preparedness of the U.S. military, the war on terrorism, the prospects for democracy in the Middle East, and the image of the United States around the world.

The result for that final category was the most clearcut: 6 in 10 Americans said the image of the U.S. was "worse off," with only 11% saying "better off."
Your president keeps telling us that it's only because we keep seeing the violence on our teevee's. Have any of you seen the violence on your teevee? I see missing white women.

Meanwhile, in good news, First United Methodist Church of Tacoma has declared itself a sanctuary for servicemen and servicewomen who don't want to go to Iraq.

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