Owned by MoveOn.org ~
And no friends of the military or our country.
From Gathering of Eagles:
Posted: 26 Sep 2007 07:28 PM CDT
WASHINGTON – House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement this afternoon after the House overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms” MoveOn.org’s personal attacks on General David Petraeus, as well as honoring “all members of the Armed Forces,” and their families, for “serving in harm’s way.” Seventy-nine Democrats voted against it.
“It’s been more than two weeks since the Republican Leader introduced a resolution condemning MoveOn’s personal smear campaign against Gen. Petraeus, and nearly a week since the Senate passed its own version and the House majority leader told me he had no intention of allowing a similar vote in our chamber.
“Today, we took matters into our own hands, forcing the House to take up a resolution repudiating these personal attacks, and reaffirming our support for and gratefulness to the men and women serving our country in harm’s way.
“Given the chance, more than three-quarters of the House went on record today in support of our Armed Forces, and in recognition of the extreme sacrifices they and their families make for our country on daily basis. My only disappointment is that a message as important and clear-cut as this couldn’t attract the support of every member of this chamber.”
NOTE: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs took up a similar resolution earlier in the day, returning a vote of 23-13 in favor of quashing the Petraeus resolution and preventing it from even being considered in committee. Many of those members voting in the affirmative came down differently on the issue when presented with the matter on the House floor.
Commentary on the motion by Chris Hill, Gathering of Eagles National Director for Operations:
The motion recognized the service of General Petraeus, as well as all other members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel serving in harm’s way, as well as their families. It also condemned in the strongest possible terms the personal attacks made by the advocacy group MoveOn.org impugning the integrity and professionalism of General Petraeus.
79 Democrats opposed the resolution. Their names are below. If your member of Congress is listed below, call and ask them why they refuse to support our men and women in uniform. Ask them if this is what they mean when they say “I support the troops.” These 79 members of Congress had the chance to publicly support the troops, or support their cash cow MoveOn.org. They chose the latter. This is why we have to turn out in the streets. This is why we have to stalk the halls of Congress. This is why our mission to support our men and women in uniform hinges on each and every one of us. When elected officials will not even disavow a repugnant ad put out by an anti-American organization it is time for us, the Gathering of Eagles and our fellow patriots in other organizations, to remind them that they work for us.
The 79 members of Congress listed below sided with those who call our brave warriors war criminals. They sided with those who call the commanding general in Iraq a traitor. In short, they decided that it was better to have funds from an organization that believes in destroying our American way of life, than it was to stand up for those who have so bravely stood up for all of us. If this sounds eerily familiar to many of you it should. It is the same model used by the anti-American movement 40 years ago. Our men and women in uniform are under attack. The memorials to our war dead are under attack. Our very way of life is under attack, and it starts with these 79. Don’t let them get away with it again. Manchu.
Abercrombie (HI) *
Brown, Corrine(FL) *
Davis (IL) *
Frank (MA) *
Jackson-Lee (TX) *
Lewis (GA) *
McDermott (WA) *
Miller, George(CA) *
Moore (WI) *
Moran (VA) *
Neal (MA) *
Payne (NJ) *
Sánchez, Linda T. (CA) *
Scott (VA) *
Watt (NC) – MY REP
I have added an asterisk next to the names of those who belong to the Out of Iraq Caucus.
46 out of 79. More than half.
From Discover The Networks:
- Caucus of 73 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who seek a swift withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
- 42 members of this Caucus are also members of the Progressive Caucus
On June 16, 2005, forty-one Democratic members of the House of Representatives formally established the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus (OICC), an entity dedicated to agitating for a swift withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Iraqi theater of war — alleging that the American invasion in 2003 had been launched on the pretext of lies and deliberately manipulated intelligence. The nominal co-founders of OICC were Maxine Waters (who chairs the organization), Lynn Woolsey, John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, William Delahunt, and John R. Lewis.
Announcing OICC’s formation on June 21, 2005, Maxine Waters charged that nearly 2,000 U.S. soldiers had already lost their lives fighting on behalf of lies the Bush administration had told them. “Many of them went to serve because they thought that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11,” said Waters. “But, of course, we know now that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for 9/11, and many of the soldiers know that now. … We all know now there were no weapons of mass destruction.” Waters then quoted Cindy Sheehan‘s assertion that “The leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry-picked intelligence.”
At the same June 21, 2005 event:
(a) Representative Barbara Lee said, “We know that the administration misled the American people and the world that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We knew that then.”
(b) Lynn Woolsey accused the Bush administration of sending soldiers “to do a job that was not necessary. … There is no excuse for the United States to have started a war in Iraq.” It would be vital, she added, for America to “work with the international world, get them all involved, so we can be doing the right thing for Iraq and the Iraqi people who are also being destroyed by this war.”
(c) Charles Rangel derided the very system by which the U.S. military’s ranks had been filled, suggesting that recruits came disproportionately not “from communities that chief executive officers live in,” but rather from “where the hopeless are in terms of unemployment.” Accusing the U.S. of “rattling swords in North Korea” and “threatening Syria and Iran,” Rangel recommended the softer approach of “go[ing] to the international community … and persuad[ing] those countries that terrorism is not just an American problem, it is an international problem, and with mutual respect, sit down and talk with them to see how we can bring peace to the Middle East.”
Here is how the eight co-founders of OICC have voted on some of the most crucial national-security matters of recent years:
- On September 29, 2006, seven of the eight voted NO to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, a bill authorizing military commissions to try unlawful enemy combatants charged with war crimes and acts of terrorism. (John Lewis did not cast a ballot on this bill.)
- On September 28, 2006, all except Lewis (who again cast no ballot) voted NO to the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, a bill authorizing the government to use electronic surveillance to investigate potential terrorists.
- On September 21, 2006, all eight voted NO to the Immigration Law Enforcement Act, which affirmed the authority of state and local police to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
- On September 14, 2006, all except Delahunt voted NO to the Security Fence Act, a bill calling for the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- On June 29, 2006, all eight voted NO to an Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution, “supporting intelligence and law enforcement programs to track terrorists and terrorist finances,” and “condemning the disclosure and publication of classified information that impairs the international fight against terrorism and needlessly exposes Americans to the threat of further terror attacks by revealing a crucial method by which terrorists are traced through their finances.”
- On June 16, 2006, all eight voted NO to a Global War on Terror Resolution, which stated that it was not in the interest of American security to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and which committed the U.S. to the “completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure and united Iraq.”
- On December 16, 2005, all eight voted NO to a Border Security bill calling for the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border; requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to upgrade border surveillance and control; establishing an employment eligibility verification system forbidding the hiring of illegal aliens; facilitating the deportation of illegals; and earmarking $250 million annually to help state and local police agencies assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
- On July 21, 2005, all eight voted NO to the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act , whose purpose was to extend the authority of the FBI to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009, and to make the remaining provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Fully 71 of OICC’s 73 members voted NO to this same bill. The other two caucus members did not vote for it because they were forbidden: Donna M. Christensen and Eleanor Holmes Norton are non-voting Delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, respectively.)
- On February 10, 2005, all eight OICC co-founders voted NO to the Real ID Act, which was aimed at preventing people from abusing the state driver’s license process to obtain false identification.
- On May 18, 2004, all except Rangel (who did not cast a ballot) voted NO to the Homeland Security Department Authorization Act, a bill that would require hospitals to provide information on undocumented immigrants seeking emergency medical care; would make employers of some illegals financially responsible for the medical treatment of the latter; and would facilitate the deportation of illegals.
- On October 24, 2001, six of the eight voted NO to the USA PATRIOT Act; Rangel and Delahunt voted in favor of the measure.
- On October 12, 2001, all eight voted NO to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, a bill whose provisions would be incorporated into the USA PATRIOT Act twelve days later.
- On April 18, 1996, the four OICC co-founders who were members of Congress at that time all voted NO to the Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act, which sought to prohibit fundraising by terrorist groups in the U.S. and to facilitate the process of deporting illegal aliens and suspected terrorists.
- On March 14, 1996, the four OICC co-founders who were members of Congress at that time all voted NO to an Antiterrorism Bill whose intent was to give the government greater leeway in investigating, prosecuting, and punishing terrorists.
Of OICC’s 73 members, 29 were signatories to a May 14, 2005 letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling for a special prosecutor to investigate claims that “high-ranking officials within the Bush Administration [had] violated the War Crimes Act … or the Anti-Torture Act … by allowing the use of torture techniques banned by domestic and international law at recognized and secret detention sites in Iraq, Afghanistan Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.”
OICC has been lauded by the antiwar group Code Pink for Peace. In July 2006, Lynn Woolsey, to demonstrate her Caucus’s support for Code Pink’s “Troops Home Fast” national hunger strike, announced that she would refrain from eating for one day as a symbol of her antiwar convictions.
In early January 2007, Maxine Waters participated in two briefing sessions with leaders of several antiwar groups including United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ), which is headed by the pro-Castro communist Leslie Cagan. The first meeting was organized by UFPJ; Waters initiated the second for input into how OICC ought to proceed.For further info on the “anti-war” groups, go here. Just go there to see just how many there are and see how many are fronts for Socialist and Communist organizations.
Maxine Waters friends: (and you wonder why I moved out of California…)
Sorry, you lose ~