Turn up the heat on Congress

July 28, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

I just checked the current temperature in Baghdad. It has fallen to 117 degrees.

The U.S. Congress and Iraqi parliament are preparing to take the month of August off. Tired. Hot. Need a vacation.

Meanwhile, American troops are slogging through extreme heat wearing body armor, Kevlar helmets, weapons and gear. All of them are sweating. Some of them are or will be bleeding and dying, a long way from air-conditioned home.

Yellow ribbons everywhere, proclaiming “support our troops.”

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LeftyMN sent me a Joseph Galloway article this morning. Galloway is a journalist for McClatchy Newspapers—one of the few remaining MSM sources with integrity. They used to own the Star Tribune. Major loss for Minnesota. Bookmark McClatchy and check the site often.

Here’s an excerpt from Galloway’s article, entitled There’s No Vacation for Our Troops in Iraq. Please read the whole thing.

We're hard upon the dog days of August. Members of the U.S. Congress and the Iraqi parliament will soon slither away to the shade of cooler rocks, and President Bush will no doubt head off to Crawford to take his frustrations out on some brush with a chainsaw.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, the 60,000 American combat troops who daily patrol the most dangerous streets and roads in the world will carry on fighting, dying and bleeding in the broiling sun where temperatures nudge the 130-degree mark and 40 pounds of body armor and Kevlar helmet plus weapon and ammunition weigh more with every step an Infantryman takes.

The politicians in Washington and Baghdad will take their summer breaks, happy to postpone any further thought of Iraq at least until September, when the U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus makes his progress report on the American troop surge to Congress, as though that may make some difference in how much longer this agony is going to continue.

Has anyone noticed that virtually every one of the players, political and military, have already begun chipping away at the September milestone? That, shock and horror, they begin to talk of the urgent need for American troops to remain in Iraq at the present level of 160,000 or maybe even more until 2009?

The Democrats in Congress - most of whom seem to be running for president - seem content to await further developments. The Republicans, especially those up for re-election in 2008, are wearing out the knees of their $4,000 suits praying for some miracle to remove Iraq and assorted other administration disasters from the voters' minds. The President has gone back to talking about his impossible dream of "victory" in a war that can't be won with the tools he's applying in the place where he's applying them. { snip }

There's no vacation break for our troops this August. Only another day, another week, another month on another patrol on an impossible mission in a war that their commander-in-chief and his men expected to be over, and indeed declared over, four years and four months ago. { snip }

Have a nice vacation all you politicians, and by the way, keep those bloody hands hidden. You wouldn't want to frighten the children on the beach.

As I told LeftyMN, I believe that the U.S. Congress has a moral and practical obligation to stay in session throughout the summer. There is all that appears in the Galloway article. There is essential work to be done to protect and defend this country and its Constitution. And there is the reality that BushCo slithers out from under its rock to make appointments in the absence of Congress.

If you agree, you must let Congressional reps, speaker Pelosi, and the Senate Judiciary Committee know how you feel. They absolutely must hear from us. Order of best way to contact: Telephone, fax, email, snail mail postcard (mail sent in envelopes to D.C. get hung up in security checks). See contact update below!

Link to House of Representatives

Link to U.S. Senators

Link to Nancy Pelosi’s site

Link to Senate Judiciary Committee

You might as well save these sites for future reference. It’s going to be a long hot summer everywhere.

(UPDATE: As I got started with my contacts, I belatedly remembered that emails are almost impossible to send to Reps unless live in their district. Very frustrating at times like this, but I guess I get it. My personal frustration is that I don't have a representative. I have John Kline and half of my senate "representation" is Norm Coleman.

So please take matters in hand and phone, fax or send postcards to Reps today. It occurs to me that we all ought to have a stack of postcards, good to go as issues surface over the next many months.

November 4, 2008: Judgment Day. Keep the faith!!

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