Courageousness-less or Cowardliness?


In last week’s article, we lamented the fact that members of Congress, more specifically in the U.S. Senate, have shown signs of ineptitude and total impatience with the war in Iraq. While they agreed in May of this year to wait until September when General Petraeus will report on the progress in Iraq to Congress, they seriously attempted to short-circuit this time table to pass an amendment, sponsored by two Democrat Senators (Levin of Michigan and Reed from Rhode Island) to set fixed dates for troop withdrawal from the war zone.

The failure to pass this amendment, however, has not kept the Democrats in the Senate, together with a handful of Republican Senators, from talking about it and promising to try again and again. But talk is cheap and the reality will not give them many more chances before the middle of September when the Commanding General will present his report to them. One major reason is the August recess Congress takes every year and we are already at the beginning of this month. Upon their return in early September after Labor day, there are only a few days until the General shows up in Washington D.C. to talk to them.

But there is one thing these Senators could do that would achieve their objective. It is very simple: Just cut the funding for the war in Iraq! This is the constitutional power Congress has and we know it works. After all, this is how the Vietnam War was ended in the mid-seventies! When Congress stopped funding that war, the troops came home in short order, the American presence in South Vietnam disappeared and in no time did the North Vietnamese take over that entire country. They also took brutal revenge on the South Vietnamese who had been allies of the United States and killed many thousands of them.

So, the option of ending funding is there for the opponents of the Iraq War and since the Senators have a plurality with the Republicans who agree with them, they ought to show the American people that they stand by their convictions. As we wrote above: They have the power! And since the majority of the American people are against the War in Iraq, they, the Democrat Senators should respond to the will of the people and do what is in their power by simply stopping all future funding for this War. This begs the question: Why are they not doing it? Since we here at ‘Back to Common Sense’ do not have direct contact with the members of the U.S. Senate, members in the media who do have access by way of interviews should put this question to the Senators. It would be quite interesting to hear their answers. Another reality is, of course, that the media in the majority is liberal and will not ask this question for it would embarrass the Senators. The simple truth is this: While they, members of Congress who oppose the War in Iraq, like to continue to criticize the President for political reason on this issue, they lack the courage it would take to stop funding! 

It is so much easier to just talk about it, politicize it and bad-mouth the political opponents than to show the conviction of their beliefs and have the guts to exercise their constitutional rights and powers. ‘Back to Common Sense’ concludes that these Senators are no profiles in courage but at best, could be compared to yapping Chihuahuas. While this could be considered an insult to the esteemed elected members of the U.S. Senate, we also think that they have another option they could exercise: Stop talking about it the way they do while there are American soldiers on the ground risking their lives on a daily basis.

This article and others on Back to Common Sense are designed to provoke further thought and investigation.   It is not the intent for the articles to be politically biased. Sources are referenced in each article to encourage readers to delve into the supporting material.  We welcome all readers to participate with their point of view either in support or contrary with additional information sources.


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