The Toothless Iraq War Resolutionby Doug Mataconis
Congressional Democrats have released the text of the Iraq War resolution that the House of Representatives will vote on this week and it’s basically a waste of paper:
House Democrats today unveiled a tightly worded resolution of opposition to President Bush’s Iraq war plans, declaring that Congress “disapproves of the decision” to deploy more than 20,000 additional U.S. combat troops to Iraq.
The simple resolution, just 10 lines in length, will frame three days of debate on the war, beginning tomorrow and culminating in a vote on Friday that is likely to put the House formally on record against the president.
After the Senate found itself tied in parliamentary knots last week over a far more complicated resolution, House leaders opted for the simplest statement possible, hoping to unite Democrats and drive a wedge between Capitol Hill Republicans and a White House that has commanded their strict allegiance for more than six years.
And here’s the text of the resolution itself:
(1)Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and
(2)Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.
That’s it. If the Democrats and Republicans like Chuck Hagel wanted to have a real debate about Iraq, they’d make it about something serious, like cutting off funding for the so-called “surge.” Instead, they are going to debate a resolution that means absolutely nothing and won’t do anything to answer the question of what we should be doing in Iraq.