New Jersey Democrats Lack Commitment To Victory In Iraq
On Friday, December 16, 2005 the Congress voted on expressing commitment to achieving victory in Iraq. The vote was 279-109 in favor of the resolution.
All seven of New Jersey’s Republican congressman voted in favor of achieving victory in Iraq. Four Democrats - Rush Holt, Bob Menendez, Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell voted against a commitment to victory in Iraq. The other two Democrats - Robert Andrews, voted “present” and Donald Payne did not vote.
Less than a month ago Holt, Menendez, Pallone and Pascrell were voting against pulling our troops out of Iraq ASAP and now they go on record as being against achieving victory in Iraq – truly breathtaking. The country is in the middle of a war and we have congressmen that are not committed to victory. Unbelievable.
In between these two congressional votes, Iraq has held a free and successful election, with Millions of Iraqis voting to choose a parliament, a first in the Arab world. So many Sunni Arabs voted that ballots ran out in some places. Immediately prior to the election, a major poll found that 70 percent of Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.
A successful democratic election and optimistic Iraqis people should be cause for growing confidence and pride that our mission in Iraq is succeeding. Instead as success builds in Iraq Holt, Menendez, Pallone and Pascrell have decided to send a message of weakness and defeatism to the citizens of the United States, to our troops on the field of battle, to the Iraqis people and to our enemies. Pathetic, and to think Bob Menendez is about to become the next senator from New Jersey.
The Democratic Party once had a standard barer that spoke these words:
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.The difference between Democrats then and now is enough to make you weep.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.