I was amazed to learn this evening that an amendment to a military appropriations bill in the House, HR 1540 offered by Congressman McGovern came to within 6 votes of passage today.
And what was McGovern’s amendment?
It was an amendment to finally and once and for all end
’s military involvement in America , and to bring our troops home. Afghanistan
It was an amendment that recognizes what we have all come to realize, that the goals for going into
have all been met. The Taliban is out of power, al-Qaeda has but a handful of individuals in Afghanistan – certainly not enough to make much of an impact, and Osama bin Laden is now fish food. Afghanistan
But we came within 6 votes of ending this whole mess. 6 votes.
Republicans mostly voted against the amendment, naturally. They had 8 Democrats voting with them. Ironically, Democrats who voted for the amendment had 26 Republican voting with them. And all we needed was 6 more votes.
12 congressmen, 6 on each side, declined to vote. One of them was Gabrielle Giffords who pretty much doesn’t vote on anything thanks to that maniac in
. But some of the others were definitely in the room. Tucson
Oh, and how did my congressman, Pete Olson, vote on this? No of course.
Here is what I say. The next soldier who dies in
, and I hope this doesn’t happen but I know it will, the next soldier who dies, well Pete Olson gets to be the person responsible for his death. Not the guy who built the IED, or buried it. Not the guy who pulled the trigger or launched the RPG. Not him. Not them. Afghanistan
Pete Olson gets to be blamed for that death.