7 US Troops Killed in Iraq


The U.S. military on Sunday announced the deaths of seven more troops in Iraq, including four killed by a roadside bomb while patrolling western Baghdad — the latest American casualties in a monthlong security crackdown in the capital. . . . Saturday's deaths brought to at least 3,217 members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Death is always impossible to accept. But senseless death caused by craven political considerations, and idiotic politics at that, is just . . . unacceptable.

In his weekly radio address, President Bush said:

Good morning. In times of war, Congress has no greater obligation than funding our war fighters. And next week, the House will begin debate on an emergency war spending bill. The purpose of this legislation should be to give our troops on the front lines the resources, funds, and equipment they need to fight our enemies. Unfortunately, some in Congress are using this bill as an opportunity to micromanage our military commanders, force a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, and spend billions on domestic projects that have nothing to do with the war on terror.

Precipituous withdrawal! 18 months from NOW is called precipitous by this incompetent fool who declared the mission accomplished in June 2003. He promises to veto the bill. Let's hope he does. Then Congress can pass a GOOD bill and remind Bush that Congress is a COEQUAL branch.

Senator Patty Murray's response to Bush says in plain terms:

This week, Democrats voted to give our troops the best chance to succeed in Iraq and to defeat Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. We voted to narrow the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq, and to begin the redeployment of our troops within the next four months. We voted for Iraqis to take responsibility for their country. Regrettably, our effort was blocked by Senate Republicans and a President who stubbornly refused to listen. But we will not give up on this debate. Democrats will keep pushing in Congress until there is a change of course in Iraq. American lives, American security, and America's future are all on the line.

I applaud Senator Murray's statement and the actions of the Democrats in the United States Senate. House Democrats I criticize and condemn for their failure to fight to end the Iraq Debacle.

The Congress of the United States, controlled by Democrats, has the responsibility to fight for the policies it professes to believe in. The Congress of the United States has the responsibility to fulfill the mandate placed upon it by the American People in the 2006 elections.

End the Iraq Debacle as soon as possible.

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    Re: Death is always impossible to accept. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 09:50:09 AM EST
    senseless death caused by craven political considerations, and idiotic politcs at that, is just ... unacceptable.
    Both Bush and Pelosi (and a few others) should be forced to write this down, and read it out loud to the class, a thousand times...

    Thursday (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 12:19:20 PM EST
    [9] participants in the Encampment to Stop the War were arrested at the House Appropriations Committee Meeting in the Rayburn Building. The Democrat-led committee met to execute their first step toward increasing funding for the U.S. war on the people of Iraq. The following video was taken by Troops Out Now during the arrests.

    Credit where credit due... (none / 0) (#2)
    by dkmich on Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 10:24:46 AM EST
    More unbending, vocal core members of the group - represented in recent days by Woolsey and California Reps. Maxine Waters Barbara Lee, among others - are standing resolutely against the rest of their party.

    They have aired their concerns in the press and in closed-door gatherings with House leaders, meeting for hours with Pelosi in her Capitol office last week to press their case.

    Credit will be due IF (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 10:33:31 AM EST
    they vopte against the Supplemental. My understanding is that all but 9 WILL vote for it.

    No credit due.