Thursday, September 20, 2007

The vote in the Senate to condemn the ad

So I haven't really had the time to do a lot of blogging lately and I usually defer to the big boys, especially Hugh Hewitt, who is absolutely brilliant. Hugh has many fine co-bloggers over at his site at It's a very intelligent blog and he is surrounded by some great people. I was inspired in large part by Hugh's blog. In case you don't know, Hewitt is a constitutional lawyer who worked for the Nixon White House many years ago. Now, you might think that the taint of the Watergate scandal might rub off on him, but to listen to him and read his ideas and observations, he is just brilliant and knows his stuff. I have learned a lot (yes, a lot is 2 parts, not "alot" as many people think), from him regarding critical thinking and politics.

So, I was paying attention to the vote in the Senate where the Democrats were trying to tie the Defense Appropriations bill to the Webb amendment, to further the goal of defeat, which incidentally went down in flames. For some reason, congress seems to think that they have a hand in the war, when the CIC is the one who directs the military. I am glad that they lost 72-25. But of course, the usual suspects were the ones that didn't vote to condemn the despicable ad placed in the NYT, the infamous "General Be-tray us" ad that infuriated many Americans and showed once and for all to see, how the democrats have become beholden to that organization and show their contempt for the US Military. Early results show the surge is working and yet the very thing the democrats were decrying a year ago has happened and now they claim it isn't. We have the finest military in the world, and you really have to wonder how those brave folks feel knowing that there is a faction back home that show such contempt for their mission. I mean, I always thought is was stupid to hear them say " we support the troops, but we don't support the mission". Well, isn't that a bit like saying, "we support the police, but we don't like them arresting bad guys?"

I have to repost this from Hugh's Blog, written by Generalissimo Duane Patterson, so that you can see who did and didn't vote to condemn the ad.

(a) Findings.–The Senate makes the following findings:

(1) The Senate unanimously confirmed General David H. Petraeus as Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, by a vote of 81-0 on January 26, 2007.

(2) General Petraeus graduated first in his class at the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

(3) General Petraeus earned Masters of Public Administration and Doctoral degrees in international relations from Princeton University.

(4) General Petraeus has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, including command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during combat operations throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which tours included both major combat operations and subsequent stability and support operations.

(5) General Petraeus supervised the development and crafting of the United States Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual based in large measure on his combat experience in Iraq, scholarly study, and other professional experiences.

(6) General Petraeus has taken a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

(7) During his 35-year career, General Petraeus has amassed a distinguished and unvarnished record of military service to the United States as recognized by his receipt of a Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and other awards and medals.

(8) A recent attack through a full-page advertisement in the New York Times by the liberal activist group,, impugns the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces.

(b) Sense of Senate.–It is the sense of the Senate–

(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;

(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and

(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group

From Duane;

72-25, with three not voting. There are many interesting things about
this vote, such as the fact that Jon Tester, the candidate from
Montana, voted against this bill before he voted for it, as did fellow Montanan,
Max Baucus, who voted against it before he changed his vote and voted for
it. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, presidential candidate, voted against
supporting Petraeus and for

Joe Biden, presidential candidate, didn't bother to vote. If any of
you have any inkling of what kind of presidential timber Illinois Senate Barack
Obama possesses, all you have to do is look at this vote. The Cornyn vote
was called, Obama came to the floor, and when he discovered what the vote was
for, he left the floor and didn't cast a vote. He literally ran away from
merely casting a vote to support our top military general in the field.

But that's not even the most telling moment of the vote. Hillary Rodham
Clinton, the next president of the United States, unless Republicans decide to
run like Republicans again in 2008 and keep the White House in responsible
hands, did cast a vote today, and voted against Petraeus, and for, a
watershed moment in her campaign. If she ever wanted her public image to
be that of a moderate, it's gone now with this vote. Hillary is one of three or
four people that will be the next president of the United States, and she just
tipped her hand that she shows more respect to the radical fringe of her base
than she does to the country's top general prosecuting a war that she originally

Everything else that comes out of Hillary's mouth from here to the
election, whether it be smoke and mirrors about health care, education, whatever
her polling tells her to say, keep in mind that when you hear Hillary Clinton
speak, you are hearing her channel what has approved her to
say. If Republicans are smart, they'll remind people of this vote from now
until the election.

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