Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats' best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush's Iraq strategy.Let it be said that the Republicans support the war but NOT the troops. But you already knew that.
The measure to give troops as much rest time at home as they spent on their most recent tour overseas needed 60 votes to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate; it received just 56 votes, with 44 against.
Furthermore, are the Republicans pleased with this story? Refugees in their own land: 2m Iraqis forced to flee their homes
What kind of thinking allows people to support a military exercise that not only kills innocent people but drives them from their homes? Was this worth it? Do Republican law makers understand that they have committed political suicide and if so, why? Is there a brain disconnect somewhere? Will history forgive them? Looking back at other historical accounts of US imperialism, I don't think so.
And speaking of Republican tyranny, it has been revealed that they fabricated a terrorist threat to the Capitol "to scare lawmakers into adopting a dramatic temporary expansion of the government's spy powers last month..." See Republicans pushed 'bogus' terror threat to expand FISA, lawmaker says