Thursday, August 18, 2005

Feingold Proposing Target ‘End Date’ for Iraq Withdrawal

This is seriously a new low for Senator Russ Feingold (the wrong Russ for the job), even by his standards. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feingold is believed to have made the proposal for an ‘end date’ for withdrawal of United States troops stationed in Iraq, estimated at around the end of 2006, in an effort to raise awareness for himself amongst the liberal rankings in order to run for the coveted spot on the Democratic ticket in the 2008 presidential campaign. No, really?! I would not put it past him to make such a self-interested proposal like this. Even if the proposal does not get off the ground, a result which I believe at this point is quite likely to occur given that a House proposal of similar nature has not gained significant backing, he will have achieved his goal of raising his stock amongst his fellow liberals in an effort to vie for the coveted spot onboard the Democratic ticket in the 2008 presidential election. It will not do him much good I suspect. Hilary is after all going to kick his ass anyway.

With impeccable flare, Russ Feingold pretentiously stated that he was breaking a senatorial ‘taboo’ in discussing specific dates for bringing troops home. Here’s a thought Russ – try actually reading the Constitution of the United States! If you have read then you would have known it is not your responsibility to determine when our troops come home. According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, “the President is Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, and of the state militias when called into service”, therefore he is the one, the only one, who can deliver the decision as to when our troops stationed in combat are to return home. In giving an ‘end date’ for withdrawal of our troops in Iraq, we are emboding the insurgents whose mission it is to destroy democracy whereever it may sprout within the country and allow them to force their brand of Islamic fascism upon the people of the land. Sure, by proposing a withdrawal date from Iraq, the level of insurgent violence could potentially decease but only because they will be lying in wait for the last American soldier to leave Iraq before picking right up where they left off and seizing control of the nation’s governmental institution through fear and intimation and death, much like the Viet Cong did following the U.S. troop withdrawal from Vietnam in the 1970s.