The House debates the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. The House of Representatives has a choice: either endorse the President’s open-ended commitment to the war in Iraq or demand accountability, support our troops and set a timeline for the phased redeployment of our troops. It passed 218-212. Of course George W. Bush Jr. says he will veto the measure.
This is a portion of the debate from Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
This is a good example of why people who really support the troops are also peace activists. You don’t send our troops into harms way when they are not trained, equipped, and ready for combat. You don’t send them to war without an achievable plan for victory. You definitely don’t send them into combat without support systems in place for when they come home again. You don’t send them into battle while at the same time cutting the medical benefits that were promised to them and their families.
This isn’t about politics or politicians. It’s not about being Republican or Democrat. Or it shouldn’t be. We do this because it’s the right thing to do.
The costs of this war won’t magically end when the troops leave the battlegrounds. Peace Activists will be commited to paying for this war and supporting our troops long after the last shot is fired, and a long time after the last combatant dies in the conflict. Our soldiers have the right to expect no less.