Aside from the fact that it is patently untrue that Senate Republicans are blocking any debate on the current state of the war in Iraq, the hypocrisy of the Democrats on the issue boggles the mind.
If you believe what you read in the media (a very foolish thing to do nowadays when the boys and girls in mainstream media have finally bowed to reality and abandoned any pretense of being non-partisan), the GOP leadership is hell-bent on preventing any debate on the Senate floor about the planned surge of troops and the president’s new strategy of cleansing the strife-ridden streets of Baghdad and neighboring Anbar province.
That’s flat-out untrue, but sticking to the truth is not one of the things for which the Democrats and their media allies are best known.
According to CNN News on Wednesday, top Senate Democrats called on Senate Republicans to "stop blocking a debate" on President Bush's plan to send additional troops to Iraq.
"Before sending another 48,000 young Americans into battle, the Congress owes it to our troops, their families, and their communities to have an honest and open discussion about their mission," the Democrats said in a news release.
Ooops! The President is sending about 21,000 new troops, not 48,000; but then, as noted above, the Democrats never let the truth get in their way when playing the demagogue game. After all, 48,000 sounds scarier than 21,000.
Anyway, the Democrats are busy trying to convince the public that in blocking a vote on the "no confidence" Warner resolution criticizing President Bush's troop-surge and pacification strategy the Senate Republicans are trying to block any debate on the matter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rants that Republicans "did our country a grave disservice" by "blocking a debate" on the Iraq war.
The fact is that the Senate GOP leadership insists that they do want a full debate on the issue and not one limited to a single no-confidence vote on the president’s surge strategy.
According to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the U.S. mission in Iraq is the most important issue facing the country.
"And this means, of course, that the men and women of this body have no higher duty than to express ourselves openly and honestly on this issue -- to take a stand on where we stand."
And, adds McConnell, the best way to do that is for the senators to "express themselves on whether to fund or not fund the war in Iraq."
By blocking a vote on the war-funding resolution, McConnell charged, Democrats are blocking a vote on the "essential question...Do we oppose this war to the point of action, or do we simply want to make a point?"