McCain offers a petition

Senator John McCain has recently been reported to have been in discussion to change parties in 2001 and is known for legislation such as McCain/Feingold that attacks fundamental rights. Now and then, though, he hits something solid. His recent petition on the bill for supplemental spending supporting the troops is an example of the latter. He is asking for signatures to the following

  • The supplemental appropriations bill that passed the Senate on March 27, calling for a date certain withdrawal from Iraq, is nothing more than a guaranteed date of surrender.
  • It is a refusal to acknowledge the dire consequences of failure, in terms of the stability in the Middle East and the resulting impact on the security of all Americans, whether home or abroad.
  • Democrats have chosen the politically expedient position of failure rather than putting aside the small politics of the day in the interest of our nation and the values upon which this nation rests.
  • We the undersigned remain steadfast in our support for the war against terrorism and mindful of the consequences of failure in Iraq, even if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid refuse to acknowledge those consequences.
  • We support our troops and the new strategy and believe it should be given the opportunity to succeed. American national security interests are directly at stake. Success or failure in Iraq is the transcendent issue for our foreign policy and our national security. People say they want to defeat the terrorists, but if we withdraw from Iraq prematurely, it will be the terrorists’ greatest triumph.
  • If we leave Iraq based on an artificial timetable, al Qaeda will be free to plan, train for and conduct operations from Iraq just as they did in Afghanistan before 9/11.
  • These points clearly describe how the matters of national security are being suborned to petty politics. Senator McCain’s request is one to consider carefully and support as a means to voice the need for appropriate priorities in governance.

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