Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) honors all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror, whether as first responders protecting the homeland, as servicemembers overseas, as diplomats and intelligence officers, or in other roles;
(2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;
(3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;
(4) declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq;
(5) congratulates Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq’s new constitution;
(6) calls upon the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom; and
(7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.
(full text from Jack Kingston's blog)
I can't speak for the rest of us, but this Democrat says:
1) Yea, 2) Yea, 3) Yea, 4) Yea*, 5) Yea, 6) Yea, 7) Yea.
Was that really difficult? This resolution reads like a mission statement. The devil is in the details (and which is where I think the Democrats could absolutely channell some Truman, flank the Republicans and OWN this issue) especially (*) # 4.
Of course I agree with 1) honoring our troops, 2) honoring the dead, 3) not leaving the scheduling to Washinton, 4) making sure the Administration doesn't install a puppet government, 5) gives mad props to the Iraqis for voting more than Americans, 6) russelin' up a posse (that we shoulda done in the first place), 7) sayin' that terrorism is bad, and we're gonna fight it (just as soon as we define terrorism) and all that.
Glad you guys have come aboard, now where's your freakin' plan???