Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Amnesty for Iraqis who attack US troops: 19 GOP Senators are only Ones to Vote for It
On a day when we hear news like this: "2 California soldiers shot to death in Iraq were murdered by Iraqi civil-defense officers patrolling w/ them, military investigators have found." we hear news like this: NYTimes: "The Senate's debate over the war in Iraq turned highly emotional Tues afternoon, as the lawmakers reacted to reports of the killing, torture, and mutilation of 2 US soldiers by adopting 2 measures opposing amnesty for Iraqis who attack US troops. By a vote of 79 to 19, the Senate voted to declare that it objects to any such amnesty. Read the text of the measure here. And just who are the 19 who voted to give amnesty to KNOWN persons who attack/kill our US troops? ALL REPUBLICANS. See the list of 19 here. Now I am not arguing about the morals, ins, outs, rights, or wrongs of the situation in terms of amnesty for the Iraqis who attack/kill our troops (many would say that if our troops hadn't have killed, tortured, maim Iraqis, the Iraqis might not be vengeful) but in terms of political fodder, this is a serious piece of ammunition. I sure wouldn't want to be 1 of these 19 at election time and have to explain why you felt that the killers/torturers of Pvt Tucker and Pvt Menchaca deserved amnesty.